Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Dr. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.
Will Smith says, “At the center of this film is a man who was delivered a truth about a game that he had no connection to, but he had to deliver painful information to a group of people that he had a deep desire to be accepted by."
Smith captures the essence of Dr. Omalu, the man who discovered chronic brain injury in football players. “This cannot be – a poor African boy like me, coming to America, where you have the largest concentration of brilliant minds – I’m the first to see this? It’s not possible,” remarks Dr. Omalu. His story was told in a GQ magazine article by Jeanne Marie Laskas. That is the base of Peter Landesman's screenplay, who also directed the film.