Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros’ story of the man who broke pro baseball’s color barrier is headed to the White House. President Obama will host the producers, crew and stars of 42 for a screening at 5:35 PM ET in the Executive Mansion’s Private Theatre. Legendary boss Thomas Tull, director Brian Helgeland, and stars Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman will be in attendance. Boseman plays Jackie Robinson in the film, which tells his life story and of his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Ford plays Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey. Robinson’s widow Rachel Robinson will also be at the screening tonight. Robinson, Tull and the cast joined First Lady Michelle Obama earlier today at an interactive student workshop at the White House looking at the legacy of the legendary ballplayer. 42 opens April 12.
Tonight will mark the second time the Obamas have seen 42 — in her praise-filled remarks this morning, Michelle Obama said she and the President watched it over the weekend. Last year, Obama attempted to drop by the Georgia set of the biopic while at a nearby campaign event, but the plan fell through. Another Hollywood film did get to spend time with the President last year: Not long after Lincoln opened in limited release, the cast and crew of the Steven Spielberg-directed film were invited to the White House for a November 15 screening. The film was later screened for the Senate in the Capitol.