*In celebration of Chadwick Boseman’s life and Hollywood career, the 2013 sports drama “42,” in which he stars MLB’s first Black ballplayer Jackie Robinson, will be re-released in AMC theaters this weekend.
The film will screen at 740 locations nationwide including Regal, Cinemark, Alamo Drafthouse, Marcus, Harkins and other chains. AMC is offering the feature at 300 of its locations, starting Thursday with tickets at $5 apiece.
Boseman’s family confirmed his death on Friday at the age of 43 following a four-year battle with colon cancer. The Jackie Robinson Foundation was among the slew of fellow artists and fans to pay tribute to Boseman.
“Chadwick was a dear friend of the Foundation – lending his time and visibility to help advance our mission,” the charity posted on Twitter Saturday. “Preparing for his starring role in ’42,’ he studied extensively and spent considerable time with [Jackie’s wife] Rachel Robinson. A consummate professional, he absorbed every story, every memory and every photo and film excerpt he could consume to help translate the soul of an American hero. And now, Chadwick will be etched in history as a hero in his own right, especially having shown millions of black and Brown children the power of a superhero who looks like them.”
— Jackie Robinson Foundation (@JRFoundation) August 29, 2020
Boseman died at home, with his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, and family by his side.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV,” a statement read on his social media. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much.”
“From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson‘s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” the statement continued.
“42” was directed and written by Oscar winner Brian Helgeland and grossed $97.5M at the global box office.