Peter King of Sports Illustrated released the first trailer to Peter Landesman’s film Concussion starring Will Smith Monday morning. Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE and fought for the truth to be known.
“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. So now that you know that concussions can kill you and playing the sport can kill you, it’s on every parent and it’s on every college player, it’s on every high school player and professional player on whether you are going to let your child play. It’s the same with smoking, drinking and doing drugs. I like to think in some ways that life is an occupational hazard. Something we do in our life is going to kill us; maybe now, maybe 50 years from now. You have to choose what those things are. We love to drink and be merry and be happy, we know it’s not good for us, but we do it. It’s about making adult choices,” said Landesman when questioned by King if people should still play football.
The film is written and directed by Landesman, stars Smith, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Alec Baldwin, and Albert Brooks. Concussion will be in theaters on Christmas Day.