The NFL is bracing for the coming Will Smith movie, “Concussion,” which tackles the head injuries that have plagued the league.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports, citing league sources, that the NFL owners “spent significant time” during their recent league meeting on how to respond to the movie, which is scheduled to open on Christmas Day.
According to IMDB.com, the movie is already in post-production and will also feature Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who has appeared in popular movies “Thor: The Dark World” and “The Bourne Identity” and the series “Lost,” Alec Baldwin and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Both Smith and Baldwin will play doctors in the movie.
“A look at how American football players suffer from major head injuries and lifelong debilitating problems as a result of repeated concussions and efforts by the National Football League to deny it,” the movie database posted as the movie’s summary.
According to the PBS news show "Frontline," there are 446 concussion-related cases just from the last three seasons. In an article in the website, it states, “Scientific research increasingly suggests that football can lead to a wide range of long-term brain conditions.”
Among the players who suffered a concussion last season were tight end Jordan Cameron, cornerback Philip Gaines, tight end Jace Amaro, wide receiver Julian Edelman, guard James Brewer, offensive tackle Anthony Davis, linebacker John Abraham, running back Edwin Baker and linebacker Jaquian Williams.
The "Concussion" movie, directed by Peter Landesman, is being produced by a group led by director Ridley Scott.