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Will Smith Fights for His Freedom in Emancipation Trailer


Will Smith goes back to the big screen Emancipation.


Apple Original Films released the official trailer for Emancipationwhich marks the 54-year-old Smith’s first movie since his incident on the 94th Academy Awards in March, in which he batted Chris Rock during the nationwide live broadcast of the awards show.


In EmancipationSmith stars as Peter, a man whose escape from slavery forces him to rely on “his wits, unwavering faith, and deep love for his family” as he runs away from slave hunters and across Louisiana on his journey to freedom.


The upcoming film is inspired by “the 1863 photographs of ‘Whipped Peter’, taken during a Union Army medical examination, which first appeared in Harper’s Weeklyreads the synopsis.




An image from the series of photos called “The Scourged Back” shows the man’s injured back after being severely whipped by his slaves — a photo that “ultimately contributed to the growing public opposition to slavery,” according to the synopsis.


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The nearly three-minute new trailer for the Antoine Fuquadirected film depicts Peter being separated from his family by slavers before choosing to escape to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attempt to meet the Union Army during the American Civil War.


Though Peter’s journey is perilous, the trailer teases an alligator battle in the Louisiana swamps as a group of slave hunters, led by Ben Fostercharacter, look for him – he seems to make it far enough to join the Union army and fight in at least one battle during the war.


The Emancipation trailer ends with something of a full circle moment as Peter is pictured posing for the now famous “Scourged Back” photo, highlighting the film’s real-life inspiration.


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On Tuesday, Fuqua, 56, said he hopes audiences can look past Smith’s Oscars outburst and appreciate it Emancipation.


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He told Vanity purse that while there was never a conversation “about the movie not coming out’, the studio and the filmmakers had to assess the situation and finally decided that no further delay was necessary.


“Of course I wanted people to see the movie,” said the director. “My conversation was always, ‘Isn’t 400 years of slavery, cruelty more important than one bad moment?’ We were in Hollywood and really ugly things happened, and we saw a lot of people get awards that did really nasty things.”




The film’s December 2 release date qualifies it for the upcoming awards season, and while Smith may not be attending any Academy events for the next 10 years, he is. are still eligible to be nominated and win at the Academy Awards.


Aside from Smith and Foster, Emancipation also Charmaine Bingwa, Gilbert Owuor, Mustafa Shakir, Steven Ogg, Grant Harvey, Ronnie Gene Bivens, Jayson Warner Smith, Jabbar Lewis, Michael Luwoye, Aaron Moten and Imani Pullum.


Emancipation premieres in theaters on December 2 and begins streaming worldwide on Apple TV+ on December 9.

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