The First Trailer for ‘Concussion’ Debuts Featuring Will Smith

Will Smith's Sports Drama

Sony has debuted the first trailer and poster for Concussion starring Will Smith via Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column on Monday.

The powerful sports drama based on the GQ article “Game Brain,” written by Jeanne Marie Laskas, follows Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith) and the struggles he faced attempting to make the sport safer for players.

Produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Peter Landesman (Parkland), the film also stars Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, David Morse and Albert Brooks.

Check out the first official trailer and poster for Concussion, set to premiere on Christmas.

I hope this is a return to the quality days of Will Smith. Along with Suicide Squad, his resurgence seems like it’s coming.

Will Smith's Sports Drama

Landesman also explained why he’d made this movie:

I gravitate towards stories of David versus Goliath, the small man versus the machine. Whether it is Bennet Omalu or Gary Webb, a reporter who discovered the cocaine trafficking with the CIA and was destroyed by the Washington Post and the CIA and others. In my writing career as a journalist, it was little man against the machine so I think I am just hard-wired for that narrative. When I heard about Bennet Omalu, I recognized that the story operated on a number of levels that made it completely unique. As an immigrant coming to America, who discovers a dangerous detail about the most American of things, America’s sacred cow, who then is forced to tell America about itself as a disaffected Nigerian, it was an extraordinary opportunity to explore what it is to be an American. And it was a gorgeous way to understand what it is to be a citizen of this nation. And then there was the sports element. I played football for two years in college, I love the game, I am an athlete, I love sports and I watch football. I went to Brown, the powerhouse. I 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.

Source: The MMQB