It’s been a rough couple of years for the NFL, not that you’d really notice it from the continued fandom for football. Not only has Roger Goodell‘s tenure as the head of the organization been tremendously disastrous, but there’s been a spike in attention toward the very real physical damage that players go through on the field. That’s where Concussion, the latest drama from Peter Landesman, comes in, telling the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith), the forensic neuropathologist who first started snooping around the damage that tackles and sacks do to players, and ended up bringing his findings to the public’s attention. And now we have the latest trailer for the film.
Check out the latest trailer for Concussion below:
The most notable thing about this latest trailer is the inclusion of footage of David Morse, who plays Mike Webster, a player for the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers who suffered major damage during his playing years between 1974 and 1990. Webster is kinda the heart of the story, which originally started as a GQ article, “Brain Game,” written by Jeanne Marie Laskas, but the film’s scope is anchored to Omalu’s personal and professional struggles when faced with the repercussions of his discoveries.
Just as interesting is the choice of Landesman to direct the film, who did some pretty fascinating compositional things with Parkland, which covered the events at the Parkland Hospital on the day that JFK was shot; he also wrote the well-meaning but a bit too placid Kill The Messenger. The man has a touch for real-life events, being able to show some sense of personal reflection in events he had no hand in, and there will hopefully be a similar timbre to Concussion, which will see release on Christmas Day, and will then expand on January 13th, 2016.