A group of movie theaters has announced a plan to re-release the movie “42” in honor of the late actor Chadwick Boseman. The 43-year old actor died on Aug. 28 as a result of colon cancer. While he was best known for his portrayal of the Disney/Marvel Universe’s Black Panther, his work in “42” and many other movies in recent years drew critical and public acclaim as well.
Starting Sept. 3, more than 300 AMC theaters across the U.S. will show the 2013 movie in which Boseman portrayed Major League Baseball player Jackie Robinson.
The decision to show the movie came following a social media poll from the theater chain asking movie fans to choose their favorite Boseman movie. There was one clear winner from the actor’s repertoire, according to AMC Theaters:
Following an overwhelming guest response to our poll, 42 is coming back to the big screen at #AMCTheatres honoring two legends: #ChadwickBoseman and #JackieRobinson. https://t.co/sHA9Oqz2tJ pic.twitter.com/9D6HGhAFzN
— AMC Theatres (@AMCTheatres) September 1, 2020
AMC will charge only $5 for tickets to see “42” and they’re already on sale through their website.
Cinemark, Regal Cinema and other movie theaters have also announced a limited run of “42,” according to Variety. Cinemark tweeted the news for fans:
Back in theatres for a LIMITED TIME, watch Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in 42.
— Cinemark Theatres (@Cinemark) September 2, 2020
Baseball drama “42” showcased Boseman as baseball icon Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn Dodgers infielder who became the first African American to play Major League Baseball in 1947. The movie was Boseman’s first starring role in a feature film.
After earning the role of Jackie Robinson, Boseman said he felt the weight of portraying a sports and civil rights hero. He had the opportunity to meet with Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow, before he started filming.
“When you’re trying to tackle a hurricane, or something larger than life, I knew that the first thing I had to do was talk to her,” he told Vanity Fair in 2013. “She gave me some books. She sat me down on the couch and told me about their relationship and the rules that they set for themselves to get through the experience.”
In an eerie coincidence, Boseman died on the same day that Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, an annual commemoration of Robinson’s groundbreaking accomplishments and career. The day is usually celebrated in April, but with the delay of the MLB season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the league designated Aug. 28 as Jackie Robinson Day this year.
Major League Baseball shared its tribute to Boseman with a clip from “42.”
"Maybe tomorrow, we'll all wear 42, so nobody could tell us apart."
RIP Chadwick Boseman.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) August 29, 2020
Meanwhile, Boseman’s final film, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” co-starring Viola Davis, will stream on Netflix later in 2020.