In between trying to make his son a movie star, Will Smith has the luxury of picking and choosing roles which interest him. One of those roles appears to be playing the doctor who discovered the connection between CTE and football.
The movie is untitled for now but according to Variety, the drama will be based on a GQ article entitled “Game Brain.”
The article was written by Jeanne Marie Laskas and follows Dr. Bennet Omalu, played by Smith, the forensic neuropathologist who single-handedly made the first discovery of CTE in a professional football player and brought awareness to the public. Story is described as a whistle-blower tale in the vein of “The Insider” humanizing the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports — and the political, cultural and corporate interests that fuel the business of professional sports.
NFL concussions are turning into its own genre of film as Smith’s project is now one of three films in the works on the subject. Another film slated for development is based on the book “League Of Denial: The NFL, Concussions And The Battle For Truth” while an indie drama called “Game Time Decision,” focusing on the concussion issue as well, will be released by Isiah Washington.
No word yet if Willow or Jaden Smith will make a cameo in Smith’s new movie.