Legendary baseball star Jackie Robinson is getting the big-screen biopic treatment from 'A Knight's Tale' writer-director Brian Helgeland, who calls the athlete's story "powerful and inspiring."

Robinson had a major impact not just as a ballplayer but as a civil rights pioneer, breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947 when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was also the first black Most Valuable Player in 1949 and played in six World Series before retiring in 1956. His number 42 is the only one that has ever been retired across the entire sport.

The athlete starred as himself in 1950's 'The Jackie Robinson Story,' which followed him from baseball's Negro Leagues to the majors.

He was also portrayed by 'Men of a Certain Age' star Andre Braugher in the 1990 TV movie 'The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson,' about his early life in the military, where he was court-martialed for disregarding the rules of segregation.
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