'You're going to war with a corporation that owns a day of the week': Will Smith takes on the NFL in dark first trailer for Concussion 

The first trailer for Concussion was released on Monday, and it’s clear the movie is not about to hold anything back when it comes to showing the dark side of the NFL.

Will Smith stars in the upcoming film, which is based on the true story about the doctor who discovered CTE in football players – and the NFL’s subsequent denial of this.

The 46-year-old plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian born forensic neuropathologist who made the link between football players suffering injuries to the head and early-onset Alzheimer’s or dementia.

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First look: The first trailer for Will Smith’s new movie Concussion was released on Monday

First look: The first trailer for Will Smith’s new movie Concussion was released on Monday

But as the new two-minute clip shows, he didn’t have an easy time getting people to take his work seriously – especially with the NFL against him.

‘You’re going to war with a corporation that owns a day of the week,’ warns Dr. Cyril Wecht (Albert Brooks).

Alec Baldwin also stars in the movie as Dr. Julian Bailes, and he too is quick to warn Omalu about what he is getting himself into.

Sports drama: The movie, which is based on a true story, won’t hold back in showing the dark side of the NFL

Sports drama: The movie, which is based on a true story, won’t hold back in showing the dark side of the NFL

Genius: Will plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian born forensic neuropathologist who discovered CTE in football players

Genius: Will plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian born forensic neuropathologist who discovered CTE in football players

‘The NFL does not want to talk to you. You turned on the lights and gave their biggest bogeyman a name,’ he says.

‘What you think they’re doing to you now, that’s nothing. You have no idea how bad this could get.’

But Omalu is unrelenting, and says: ‘I have to keep going.’

Co-stars: He stars opposite Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks in the sports drama 

Co-stars: He stars opposite Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks in the sports drama 

Discovery: Omalu realises that he has 'found a disease that no one has ever seen'

Discovery: Omalu realises that he has 'found a disease that no one has ever seen'

Explaining how things have changed for him, he admits: ‘When I was a boy heaven was here, and America was here,’ moving his hand just a little lower.

He goes on: ‘You could be anything, you could do anything. I am the wrong person to have discovered this.

‘I’ve found a disease that no one has ever seen. Repetitive head trauma chokes the brain.’

'You turned on the lights and gave their biggest bogeyman a name': Alec's character Dr. Julian Bailes warns him against what he's doing 

'You turned on the lights and gave their biggest bogeyman a name': Alec's character Dr. Julian Bailes warns him against what he's doing 

Unrelenting: A determined Omalu says that he 'has to keep going', despite the power of the NFL

Unrelenting: A determined Omalu says that he 'has to keep going', despite the power of the NFL

The trailer is peppered with dramatic moments – we see the NFL give a press conference to deny the claims, before Will’s character grabs a gun and later comes across a car blown up on the highway.

Albert’s character continues to warn him, but knows he is not about to give up. 

‘They want you to say you made it all up,’ he reveals. ‘Sometimes in life, you’re asked to leave it alone. But sometimes you can’t.’

Powerful enemy: The doctor is told that he is 'going to war with a corporation that owns a day of the week'

Powerful enemy: The doctor is told that he is 'going to war with a corporation that owns a day of the week'

Changing everything: Omalu made the link between football players suffering injuries to the head and early-onset Alzheimer’s or dementia

Changing everything: Omalu made the link between football players suffering injuries to the head and early-onset Alzheimer’s or dementia

Dramatic: In brief flashes, we see Will's character grab a gun and come across a car blown up on a highway

Dramatic: In brief flashes, we see Will's character grab a gun and come across a car blown up on a highway

An emotional Omalu cries: ‘If they continue to deny my work, men continue to die.’

The trailer ends with him pointing a finger at someone, who is not shown, and urging them to ‘tell the truth’.

The movie, which is directed by Peter Landesman, is based on the 2009 GQ article Game Brain, written by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

 'If they continue to deny my work, men continue to die': We see Omalu urging someone to 'tell the truth'

 'If they continue to deny my work, men continue to die': We see Omalu urging someone to 'tell the truth'

It's all changed: The forensic neuropathologist says he used to see America as just a little below heaven

It's all changed: The forensic neuropathologist says he used to see America as just a little below heaven

'They want to say you made it all up': Albert's character Dr. Cyril Wecht knows Omalu will not give up

'They want to say you made it all up': Albert's character Dr. Cyril Wecht knows Omalu will not give up

Omalu diagnosed CTE in former pro footballers including Dave Duerson (played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Andre Waters (portrayed by Richard T. Jones).

He first made the link between football players’ head injuries and CTE after performing an autopsy on Pittsburgh Steelers player Mike Webster, who died aged 50 in 2002.

Concussion is due for release on December 25 in the US and January 29 in the UK.

True story: The Peter Landesman-directed film is based on the 2009 GQ article Game Brain, written by Jeanne Marie Laskas
True story: The Peter Landesman-directed film is based on the 2009 GQ article Game Brain, written by Jeanne Marie Laskas

True story: The Peter Landesman-directed film is based on the 2009 GQ article Game Brain, written by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Coming soon: Concussion is due for release on December 25 in the US and January 29 in the UK

Coming soon: Concussion is due for release on December 25 in the US and January 29 in the UK

 

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