Legendary Entertainment chief Thomas Tull tells Deadline that President Obama is hoping to drop by the set of the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 on Tuesday. The President on June 26th will be appearing at fundraisers in Atlanta, where Legendary’s film is shooting. Tulls says they’d received a call from the White House earlier this week to see if it would be OK if Obama came by. “Well, of course I said it would be OK,” said Tull, who has given $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund 2012 so far. Details of the set visit are still being worked out. In recent campaign speeches, Obama has mentioned Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier, as “laying the groundwork” for an African-American to become President. Obama recently has relentlessly been hitting up Hollywood for cash.
42, which was the ball player’s uniform number, details Robinson’s 1947 rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Brian Helgeland-directed film stars Harrison Ford as Dodgers GM Branch Rickey and Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson. 42 is scheduled to be released on April 12, 2013, not long after the MLB season opener.
The last time the President was in Atlanta was on March 16 for a pair of fundraisers at supporter Tyler Perry’s film and TV studio.