Will Smith's NFL Concussion Drama Gets Christmas Day Release Date

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The film, by writer-director Peter Landesman, is based on a GQ article

Will Smith's NFL drama Concussion is set to hit theaters on Christmas Day in 2015, Sony Pictures Entertainment said Tuesday.

The film, by writer-director Peter Landesman (Parkland), is based on GQ magazine's "Game Brain" by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

Smith is set to portray Dr. Bennet Omalu, the real-life whistle-blowing neuropathologist who investigated concussion injuries in the National Football League. Alec Baldwin and Luke Wilson also feature in the film.

The release date announcement arrives a day after Paramount shifted Mission: Impossible 5 from its Christmas Day launch to a summer debut on July 31. The Tom Cruise action film avoided a confrontation with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is set for a Dec. 18 debut.

Other titles that have claimed a Dec. 25, 2015, release date include three movies from 20th Century Fox — Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, David O. Russell drama Joy and Alejandro G. Inarritu's action title The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.