Remember back in June when we told you there was going to be a movie about concussions in the NFL, starring Will Smith? Well, the latest in casting news/rumors is that Luke Wilson is in talks to play NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The movie still doesn’t have a name and doesn’t appear to be on anyone’s IMDB pages, but according to The Wrap, the cast is being rounded out:

Additionally, David Morse and Arliss Howard have closed deals to join the ensemble, which includes Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha Raw and Paul Reiser.

A representative for Sony had no comment on Wilson’s casting

Peter Landesman is directing the movie, which is based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

Ridley Scott and Giannina Facio are producing with David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman and Elizabeth Cantillon, while the film’s executive producers are Michael Schaefer and David Crockett. Sony’s Hannah Minghella will oversee the project for the studio.

When I first saw this, I was honestly confused by the casting – age aside (Wilson is 43, while Goodell is 55), when I see Luke Wilson, all I think about is Old School and Legally Blonde. But this would be a great opportunity to take this role and run with it. He has done well in more serious roles previously, so we’ll see what he does with this one.

Do you think Wilson is the right choice for this role as Roger Goodell? Could he master the disastrous 45 minute press conference?


About Reva Friedel

Reva is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and the AP Party. She lives in Orange County and roots for zero California teams.