Will Smith’s Emancipation Release Date Set for December from Apple – The Hollywood Reporter

Apple has finally set a release date for Will Smith’s high-profile film emancipation, a film whose release plans were called into question after the actor’s infamous Oscar slap. The film opens in theaters on December 2 and will stream on December 9 just in time for awards season.

As part of its announcement, Apple released the film’s first trailer and poster.

In March, Smith walked on stage at the Oscars and slapped host Chris Rock for making a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. In the fall, Smith resigned from the Academy, but Netflix put up Smith’s film. Fast and loose On the back burner.

On July 29, Smith released a video in which he offered his most sweeping criticism of the situation yet, saying, “There was no part of me that felt like it was the right way to act at that moment.”

Directed by Antoine Fuqua, Apple pulled out of the Cannes Virtual Market in 2020 after a heated bidding war.

Based on a true story, the film follows runaway slave Peter (Smith) as he journeys north, outsmarting cold-blooded hunters and surviving the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana along the way. After escaping to freedom, Peter joined the Union Army. When he showed his back during an army medical examination, photos were taken of scars from a fatal whipping inflicted by an overseer on a plantation owned by John and Bridget Lyons. independent Published a photograph called The Scourged Back in May 1863. It appeared Harper’s Weekly’The July 4th episode and became indisputable proof of the cruelty and barbarism of slavery in America.

emancipation 2022 was always expected, but in the wake of the slap, rumors surfaced that Apple was considering pushing it to 2023. The release date news comes as Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s high profile Killers of the Flower Moon Set for 2023, Apple is without award contenders for the year. The streaming service is the first to pick up a Best Picture win, thanks CODAEarlier this year.

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