'Concussion' to Be Centerpiece Screening at AFI Fest

Concussion Trailer Still - H 2015

Concussion Trailer Still - H 2015

The controversial flick will have its world premiere at the festival on Nov. 10.

Sony Pictures' Concussion will screen at the AFI Fest's Centerpiece Gala.

The drama, which was co-financed by Village Roadshow, follows the true story of neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, played by two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith, who discovers Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in the brains of two pro football players, and takes on the NFL to male the truth known.

The film's release comes in the middle of the NFL facing backlash on how the association handles their athletes brain injuries.

Concussion is directed by Peter Landesman and produced by Ridley Scott. The film also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin and Luke Wilson, who plays NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

"Although the film doesn’t open until Christmas, with all of the recent debate about it, we are excited to show it sooner so that the discussion can be more informed," said Sony Picture Entertainment chairman Tom Rothman.

The Centerpiece Gala will take place at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Nov. 10.

As previously announced, the opening night gala will be the world premiere of Angelina Jolie's By the Sea, and the closing night gala will be Adam McKay's The Big Short, also having its world premiere at the festival.

The AFI Fest runs from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12.