Will Smith’s ‘Emancipation’ gets trailer and release date

Contrary to reports that Will Smith’s next film would be delayed until next year because of the Oscar smack, Apple confirmed on Monday that ‘Emancipation’ – a slavery drama starring Smith and directed by Antoine Fuqua – will be released in December at the height of awards season .

In a new teaser trailer for the film, Smith portrays Peter, a slave who escapes from a Louisiana plantation during the Civil War and embarks on a harrowing journey north. His character is inspired by Gordon or “Whipped Peter”, a man who freed himself from his slave owners and joined the Union Army.

“This was the hardest movie I’ve ever done,” Smith wrote on Instagram Monday. “Blood, sweat and tears… LITERALLY!”

The trailer features a series of ominous images — blood dripping on a leaf, a Confederate flag blowing in the wind, people being trafficked in cages — as Smith’s character plots his path to freedom.

“I heard it myself. Slaves are free,” Smith’s character tells other enslaved people, citing former President Abraham Lincoln.

“We have to go to Lincoln’s army. Five days through the swamp,” he says.

“There are many ways to die in a swamp,” warns another person at the plantation, to which Peter replies, “There are many ways to die here.”

The rest of the teaser shows Peter leading a daring five-day expedition through the wilderness while narrowly evading capture by kidnappers on horseback.

“I won’t be scared,” says Peter. “What can a mere man do to me? My family is with me forever. I will look upon my enemies triumphantly.”

In the YouTube thumbnail for the trailer, Peter can be seen posing for photos during a medical exam by the Union Army.

The still image is a reference to “The Scourged Back,” an 1863 image of the real Gordon that was widely circulated as evidence of the atrocities inflicted on enslaved people in the United States. The historical image — which first appeared in a July 4 issue of Harper’s Weekly and helped fuel the abolitionist movement — shows a bare back covered in lashing scars.

The trailer for Emancipation comes months after the Academy banned Smith from attending the Oscars for 10 years as punishment for slapping host Chris Rock at this year’s ceremony. Smith has repeatedly apologized for the incident and has started promoting his projects on social media again.

Though the academy didn’t stop disqualifying Smith from future Oscar nominations, industry pundits have speculated whether the slap will hurt the A-lister’s chances of being nominated for “Emancipation,” which was expected to garner awards.

“Will Smith is a great guy,” Fuqua recently told Deadline.

“I dated him for a few years to make this film. He’s a wonderful person, a great partner and he did a great job on this film. Chris Rock is a good guy, I know Chris too…and I just pray it works out for them as friends and we can move forward.”

Despite the backlash over Smith’s Oscar outburst and rumors that the actor was being blacklisted in the industry, Fuqua said Apple “never stopped talking about releasing the film and when it would be strategically best.”

“Apple called me a lot with Will, and I have to say Apple was amazing throughout the film,” added Fuqua. “We moved to Louisiana from Georgia, and they never blinked. We’ve weathered hurricanes, COVID and all that stuff.”

On Saturday, the NAACP, Fuqua and Smith – credited as the film’s producer – hosted a screening of “Emancipation” during the 51st Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, DC. The film also stars Ben Foster, Charmaine Bingwa, Gilbert Owuor, Mustafa Shakir, Steven Ogg, Grant Harvey, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Jayson Warner Smith, Jabbar Lewis, Michael Luwoye, Aaron Moten and Imani Pullum.

“We need to know the truth to begin healing,” Fuqua told Deadline.

“We have a lot of healing to do here, but if we can watch the film with an open heart and mind and have a genuine conversation about the ugly brutality and reality of slavery, that could help with the healing.” I think it’s important that people see that.”

Emancipation hits theaters December 2nd and streams December 9th on Apple TV+.

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