by: Sammy Mink
Veteran comedian Albert Brooks is set to join Will Smith and Alec Baldwin in the UNTITLED RIDLEY SCOTT SPORTS CONCUSSIONS PROJECT. Sony Pictures and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions are teaming on the sports drama, which will explore the effects concussions are having on sports players and the league owners who stand by while it happens. Brooks has been cast as Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist who mentors Smith’s forensic neuropathologist character, who discovers the concussion syndrome CTE. Peter Landesman is writing and directing the project, which is based on a GQ article written by Jeanne Marie Laskas.
Surprisingly, funnyman Brooks got his start in Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver,” playing the part of Tom, before going on to star in “Broadcast News,” SNL, and “Finding Nemo,” voicing Nemo’s dad, Marlin. Brooks’ next projects include a rash of voice roles in Chris Renaud’s untitled pets movie and the long awaited sequel “Finding Dory,” as well as a live action role in crime drama “A Most Violent Year” with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.