Variety and numerous other sources are today reporting that Will Smith-starrer Concussion will make its bow in the US on Christmas Day this year, putting it in the mix for the yearly awards season.
Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who fought to bring awareness of football-related brain traumas, as well as challenges political, cultural and corporate issues surrounding the health issues.
Peter Landesman (Parkland) writes and directs the film, which also stars Gugu Mnatha-Raw (Belle), Alec Baldwin (Mission: Impossible 5), Paul Reiser (Whiplash), David Morse (The Rock), Albert Brooks (A Most Violent Year) and Luke Wilson (The Skeleton Twins). Ridley Scott (Exodus: Gods and Kings) is one of the film’s producers.
Concussion’s Christmas Day release will see it up against Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, and David O. Russell’s Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence.
Will Smith can next be seen opposite Suicide Squad co-star Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) in Focus, released in the UK and US on February 27th 2016.