This is Will Smith like you’ve never seen him before. We have a feeling the NFL won’t love the new film, ‘Concussion,’ where the secret they tried to keep hidden becomes exposed. Watch the brand new trailer.
Will Smith takes on the role of forensic neuropathologist, Bennet Omalu, the former NFL/NCAA doctor who discovered the link between football concussions and other injuries that could lead to death. The film, based on a 2009 GQ article, shows Dr. Omalu go head-to-head with the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodall (played by Luke Wilson), to try and convince him to acknowledge chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — and take responsibility.
The movie is surprising timing, as the NFL season begins in just ten days, however writer and director Peter Landesman isn’t trying to push people away from football, he told MMQB.com‘s Peter King, who debuted the trailer.
“I was very focused on this story,” Landesman said. “I don’t feel responsible or connected to the consequences. Storytellers can’t be. Otherwise you get hamstrung by your own conscience. You just have to tell the truth with the most integrity that you can.” He also added that he loves football and played it for two years in college, but he “thought this was another way to un-peel the layers away from the theater of it and the pageantry of it to get to the humanity of it.”
“I have no position on whether or not people should play football or whether they should have their kids play football. To me, this is a story about making adult choices. Once you have the information—and the information has been obscured for a long time, it’s been buried and covered up by people who don’t want to damage the sport—the information is now out there, and I hope this movie brings together the information in a way that the general public can metabolize and now make their own decisions,” he added.
The movie also features Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Alec Baldwin and Stephen Moyer. Concussion hits theaters in December 25, 2015. Do you think the movie looks good, HollywoodLifers?
— Emily Longeretta