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03 June 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Though there was talk last year that Ridley Scott was considering tackling the controversy surrounding head injuries in America’s National Football League, it appears he’s decided to step back from directing and simply produce an untitled film on the topic, which now has Will Smith in talks to star.

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Smith had been attached to sci-fi thriller Brilliance but jumped ship recently, which has led some to speculate that he wants to focus on the NFL film instead. He’ll next be seen in con drama Focus, which arrives here on February 27 next year.


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