Audiences have been curious regarding the status of Will Smith’s career and many of his upcoming projects following the infamous Oscars slap. With films such as Bad Boys 4, I Am Legend 2, and Fast and Loose impacted by the event, it seemed like Will Smith’s career might’ve been in trouble. Now, however, Will Smith is set to make a potential comeback with the upcoming film Emancipation as illustrated in the film’s brand-new trailer.
As you can see below, Emancipation stars Will Smith as an enslaved person named Peter who manages to escape from a Louisiana plantation. The plot of the film is actually inspired by a true story. Unfortunately, after the Oscars incident, it seemed as though the film was going to be postponed indefinitely. The new teaser trailer, however, confirms that the film will be released later this year.
Here’s the Emancipation trailer:
The film has faced several challenges during its production, mainly from the pandemic. Then, of course, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards. As a result, it was unclear when Emancipation would ever get released. In fact, many expected that it wouldn’t see a release until some point in 2023. But given the film’s positive reception so far at early screenings – it looks like Apple had the courage to release the film this year after all.
The upcoming film Emancipation was directed by Antoine Fuqua from a screenplay written by William N. Collage. The film was produced by Todd Black, Joey McFarland, Jon Mone, and Will Smith.
The cast includes the aforementioned Will Smith in addition to Ben Foster, Steven Ogg, Charmaine Bingwa, Gilbert Owuor, Mustafa Shakir, Grant Harvey, Ronnie Gene Blevins, and Jayson Warner Smith.
Emancipation will be able to view in theaters on December 2, 2022 with an Apple TV Plus release date scheduled for December 9, 2022. Stay tuned to ScreenGeek for any additional updates as we have them.