Will Smith Plays Nigeria’s Neuropathologist In New Film

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Will Smith stars in the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant Nigerian forensic neuropathologist.

The trailer for Will Smith’s new film about the discovery of the National Football League’s (NFL) concussion controversy has arrived merely a few weeks before the league’s fall season is set to begin.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated-affiliated site Monday Morning Quarterback released the first look at “Concussion” Monday morning.

Will Smith Plays Nigeria's Neuropathologist In New Film
Will Smith Plays Nigeria’s Neuropathologist In New Film

Directed by Peter Landesman, the film focuses on a Nigerian pathologist and neuropathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu played by Will Smith, who discovers Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of two NFL players, which later leads them both to suicide.

American football players who suffer from major head injuries and life-long debilitating problems as a result of repeated concussions and efforts by the National Football League to deny it.

Will Smith Plays Nigeria's Neuropathologist In New Film

Dr. Omalu found the disease, also known as CTE, after working on the autopsy of former Pittsburgh Steelers centre Mike Webster. CTE is the progressive degenerative brain disease that athletes can acquire thanks to repetitive head trauma on the field.

The book and documentary, League of Denial, already told Omalu’s story and the battle he faced in bringing CTE to the NFL’s attention.

But Landesman says the film will dive into more of the story, and explore the doctor’s determination in pushing the condition to the forefront of the sports world. He also noted that the project isn’t anti-NFL.