Will Smith starring in a dramatic role regarding a controversial topic in one of the biggest brands in the NFL.
The first trailer for Concussion has arrived. Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian forensic neuropathologist who discovers CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), a disease caused from constant hits to the head. The true story pits Omalu’s work against the NFL, which isn’t too pleased about the sudden questions of the safety of their sport.
This film has a lot going for it right off the back. Will Smith has proven to be powerful in dramatic roles, earning two Oscar nominations for Ali and Pursuit of Happyness. Second, the subject of head trauma from playing professional football has been a hot topic in recent years. The film is also based on the popular GQ article Game Brain by Jeanne Marie Laskas, which goes into depth on the story. See the trailer below.
Concussion releases in theaters on Christmas Day. The film also stars Albert Brooks, Alec Baldwin, Paul Reiser, David Morse, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Luke Wilson (as Roger Goodell).
Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful – and beloved – institutions in the world.