After delving into the world of high school basketball in Coach Carter, director Thomas Carter is switching gears and heading for the baseball diamond. Currently, he's tapped to helm an untitled biopic about baseball legend Jackie Robinson and, apparently, Robert Redford (in his first baseball-related role since The Natural) has signed on to play Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey.

The script will be penned by Ali scribes Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele, and the film will revolve around Robinson's struggles (which "include death threats, beanballs, abuse from fans, a rebellion by some of his teammates and the threat of a strike by the St. Louis Cardinals") as the first African-American in Major League Baseball. Production is expected to begin next March assuming Jackie Robinson himself is cast. Most likely that part with either go to Will Smith or Jamie Foxx, as they seem to be the go-to guys for these sorts of roles. Any other actors who you feel would be good as the legendary baseball hero?

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