Now that Mission: Impossible 5 has safely vacated it's Christmas Day, 2015 release slot, Sony Pictures is quick to fill in the empty space on the calendar with their NFL football drama Concussion. Will Smith stars in the true-life tale, which takes a look at football players and the life-threatening head injuries they often receive on the field. The news is nicely timed for this weekend's Super Bowl. Will we see the first trailer during the big game?

Opening December 25, Concussion is based on Dr. Bennet Omalu's studies. A David vs. Goliath journey, the forensic neuropathologist made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public. In his search for the truth behind the devastating malady, Omalu's quest humanizes the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports but also by people who challenge the status quo as it exposes the political, cultural and corporate interests that fuel the business of sports.

Concussion will open against Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu's follow-up film The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the family adventure Monster Trucks, and the animated sequel Alvin and the Chipmunks 4. The movie also stars Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Both written and directed by Peter Landesman, the film is based in part on the GQ article "Game Brain," written by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

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