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Might Playing Dr. Bennet Omalu Result in Will Smith's Dance w/ Oscar?

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 3, 2014 at 7:38PM

A meaty role in what will also probably be a weighty, dramatic, finely-crafted Scott Free-produced project, tackling a very topical subject, just might mean a 3rd nomination.
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As if he doesn't already have a loaded slate of projects at various stages of development in the works, there's no rest for Will Smith, as the mega-watt actor lines up yet another feature film to add to the 20 or so that have yet to be made and released.


Smith will tackle a very topical matter - concussions in the NFL - in a yet-to-be titled thriller based on the GQ article “Game Brain,” which was written by Jeanne Marie Laskas, and follows Dr. Bennet Omalu the forensic neuropathologist who single-handedly made the first discovery of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) in a pro football player, raising public awareness for the degenerative disease. 

According to a Variety exclusive, the article tells a whistle-blower tale humanizing the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports, and the political, cultural and corporate interests that fuel the business of professional sports. 

Ridley Scott's Scott Free production shingle and Sony Pictures are backing the project, which will of course star Will Smith as Dr. Omalu, under the direction of Peter Landesman, who will also pen script. 

The project joins other upcoming films on CTE in development, including "Game Time Decision," Matthew Cherry's follow-up to his feature film debut, "The Last Fall," which attracted the acting talents of Isaiah Washington, who will star as a retired football player suffering from the effects of concussions sustained during his professional career, as he tries to reconnect with his estranged family, notably a son following in his father's footsteps, in danger of a similar kind of future.

The goal of each film is to highlight Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, which is common in individuals with a history of multiple concussions and other forms of head injury; An affliction suffered by dozens of deceased former players, like Junior Seau.

Smith picks up this project on the heels of news of his exiting Julius Onah's adaptation of Marcus Sakey's novel "Brilliance," which is set up at Universal, due to scheduling issues. 

Oscar has eluded the busy actor, despite 2 nominations within a 5-year period. Playing what will likely be a meaty role in Dr Omalu, in what will also probably be a weighty, dramatic, hopefully finely-crafted Scott Free-produced project, tackling a very topical subject, just might mean a 3rd. 


Look for Smith next in Warner Bros' con-man/woman romance "Focus," opposite Margot Robbie.

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