“Concussion, ” the new film about traumatic brain injury in the NFL, will have its world premiere at LA’s Chinese Theatre as a centerpiece gala at the AFI Fest on Nov. 10, the American Film Institute announced on Wednesday. Written and directed by Peter Landesman, “Concussion” stars Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist from Nigeria who researched incidences of traumatic brain injury in the National Football League.
“Although the film doesn’t open until Christmas, with all of the recent debate about it, we are excited to show it sooner so that the discussion can be more informed,” said Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group, which is releasing the film on December 25.
“‘Concussion’ is a great American immigrant story. An outsider, whose greatest aspiration is to belong, takes on an American corporate Goliath at incredible personal risk,” he said. “His only weapon is the knowledge that he is right and his belief that in America, truth will prevail.”