See Now: Trailer for Will Smith's "Concussion" Drama

Shot and set in Pittsburgh, the film stars Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who first discovered CTE in the brain of former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster in 2002.

It's a fair bet the producers of a new movie focusing on the National Football League know a few things about timing. The trailer for "Concussion" just dropped, less than two weeks before the start of the regular season. The league couldn't be happier. Not. 

Based on a true story and shot and set in Pittsburgh, "Concussion" stars Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian-born forensic pathologist who first discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brain of former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster in 2002.

At the time of the Webster discovery, Omalu was an unknown forensic pathologist working in the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office. He since has gone on to co-found the Brain Injury Research Institute, which has confirmed CTE in the brains of dozens of former NFL players, including former Steelers Justin Strzelczyk and Terry Long. 

In the trailer, the NFL comes off as a bully willing to do anything to keep the doctor's league-damaging research from coming to light.

The movie is set open in theaters on Christmas Day, about two weeks before the first round of the NFL playoffs.

How's that for timing?
 

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