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Will Smith May Star in NFL Concussions Movie

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Jamie McCarthy—Getty Images Actor Will Smith at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on Aug. 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

The film, based on a 2009 GQ article, is one of several projects about traumatic brain injuries in the NFL that are in the works

Heads-up, everyone: Will Smith is in talks to star in a currently untitled film about NFL concussions, based off of a GQ article.

Peter Landesman (Parkland) will direct and write the movie, which could find Smith playing Dr. Bennet Omalu, the neuropathologist who raised awareness of how dire a problem concussions are in professional football, Variety reports. Jeanne Marie Laskas followed Omalu in her 2009 article “Game Brain.”

The film isn’t the only project tackling the issue, though: An adaptation of the book League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth is in the works, and Isiah Washington will star in the movie Game Time Decision.

The NFL has been concerned about its portrayal in film and television in the past and was reportedly uncooperative with a PBS documentary about the concussions issue.


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