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Jennifer Hudson Wants Robinson Role

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Mar 06, 2007 | 11:26am EST

Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson is using her Oscar win in a bid to help her land another dream role--in a new movie about sports hero Jackie Robinson.

The former American Idol contestant is using her post-Oscars interviews to let Robert Redford know she wants a part in his new film about the Brooklyn Dodgers star.

She says, "I'd like to be a part of that. It tells of greatness and our history; that means something to me."

Robinson became the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era in 1947 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. He also became a human rights activist.

Redford's new untitled biopic will focus on Robinson's struggles with race. Redford, who will produce the film, is slated to play the Dodgers' General Manager Branch Rickey.

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