Even Hollywood stars are capable of some pretty rough dry spells. Following the dismal M. Night Shayamalan-directed After Earth in 2013 and his brief appearance in the somehow even worse Winter’s Tale just last year, Smith is gearing up for a comeback in 2015.
Sony Pictures Entertainment just announced today that Smith has signed on to star in football/medical drama Concussion, where Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who discovered the link between repeated concussions and the degenerative brain condition known as CTE and fought to bring it to the public eye.
Say what you will about his last handful of movies and his various political and religious beliefs, Smith is a star with charisma to spare, and as long as he draws in the big money, there will always be a place for him in Hollywood. Let’s just hope that this and Focus at the end of February put him back on track. Suicide Squad could turn out to be pretty interesting next year, too.
Concussion will also star Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Luke Wilson, and Albert Brooks and will see release on Christmas Day 2015.