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Concussion | NFL Concussion Drama | Christmas 2015 | Will Smith. Luke Wilson. Trailer page 1.

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http://www.thewrap.com/luke-wilson-in-talks-to-play-nfls-roger-goodell-in-will-smiths-football-concussion-movie-exclusive/

 

Luke Wilson is in negotiations to play NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in Sony's untitled football concussion movie, which stars Will Smith and is being produced by Ridley Scott, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
 

Additionally, David Morse and Arliss Howard have closed deals to join the ensemble, which includesAlec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha Raw and Paul Reiser.


A representative for Sony had no comment on Wilson's casting.


Peter Landesman is directing the movie, which is based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

 

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Christmas Day 2015, titled "Concussion: http://www.thewrap.com/sony-sets-will-smith-nfl-drama-concussion-for-december-release/

 

Sony’s NFL concussion drama has been titled “Concussion” and has been scheduled for Christmas Day, 2015, the studio announced Tuesday.


Peter Landesman wrote and directed the film which stars Will SmithAlec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard and Paul Reiser, with David Morse and Albert Brooks. The factual drama is based in part on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

 

The story follows the David-vs.-Goliath journey of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public. In his search for the truth behind the devastating malady, Omalu’s quest humanizes the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports, but also by those who challenge the status quo as it exposes the political, cultural and corporate interests that fuel the business of sports.


Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman and Elizabeth Cantillon are proucing, while David Crockett and Michael Schaefer are executive producing.

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Unlike Seven Pounds, this movie will probably get a lot of attention due to the topic involved.  If you don't think this will cause a lot of writers to refocus on the concussion topic in the middle of the NFL playoffs you are mistaken.  They will be looking for football topics to talk about.  And if this movie is actually good?  Look out . . . this plays into the fears of just about every mother and father who have young children who want to play tackle football.

 

At the very least this will increase the number of people who are legitimately concerned about the long term dangers of the sport.  This movie might do surprisingly well.

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