Albert Brooks Huddles Up for Will Smith's Football Concussion Drama
The developing, currently untitled football concussion drama starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin is slowly rounding up a cast as the film from producer Ridley Scott and Parkland director and writer Peter Landesman taking dual roles again. The film is based on the GQ article "Game Brain" from October of 2009, and will follow Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith), the forensic neuropathologist who single-handedly made the first discovery of CTE (or chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in a professional football player and made the affliction known to the public. And now Deadline reports Albert Brooks has joined the cast. More below!
Brooks, who has recently starred in Drive and This is 40, will play Cyril Wecht, the chief forensic pathologist who mentors Smith's character and encourages him to press his discovery of CTE. In addition, Shadow and Act reports Gugu Mbatha-Raw, fresh off strong review in the TIFF selected film Beyond the Lights, has also landed an unspecified role in the film. This drama along with several other films looking at some of the questionable ignorance regarding the mental health of former NFL players could shake things up in the professional sports world. Stay tuned to see how this one shakes out.