There has always been some amount of expectation for a new Will Smith film since his big break in the 1990s, but with Emancipation, which is slated to be one of the new movies of 2022, things are reaching a new level. Sadly, not all of that excitement is based on the actual film.
As almost everyone is aware, Smith’s “the slap” at the 2022 Oscars ceremony made quite a commotion. Following that, people questioned if Emancipation would be released in 2022 or whether it would be postponed until after more time had gone. However, the film is moving forward even though it had already generated a lot of attention before the Oscars of last year.
Emancipation Release Date
According to Apple Original Films, Emancipation will make its Apple TV Plus debut on Friday, December 9. In order to qualify for this year’s Oscars, the film will have an exclusive week-long run in cinemas beginning on December 2 before it launches on the streaming site.
The official synopsis of Emancipation is as follows:
“Emancipation tells the triumphant story of Peter, a man who escapes from slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith and deep love for his family to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom.”
Although William N. Collage wrote the screenplay for the movie, the Harper’s Weekly photographs of “Whipped Peter” from 1863 served as its inspiration. The Union Army took images of Peter while performing a medical examination on him. One of the photos, “The Scourged Back,” which depicted Peter’s back being whipped by his masters, is credited with supporting the era’s rising anti-slavery sentiment.
The movie Emancipation’s first trailer, which depicts the arduous journey taken by Will Smith’s character to achieve freedom, has just been revealed.
The star of Emancipation, who plays the part of Peter, is Will Smith. Smith stated in a post on Instagram, “This was the hardest movie I’ve ever made. Blood, Sweat & Tears… LITERALLY!”
Smith, who has been in films like Independence Day, Men in Black, Ali, Hitch, and others over the past 30 years, is fresh off from winning his first Oscar for the 2021 film King Richard. But as we’ve already stated, he also received the Oscar on the same night that he slapped Chris Rock, which resulted in his resignation from the Academy and a ten-year suspension from the Oscars (he was able to keep his award). Smith is permitted to submit nominations for prizes, though.
Along with Smith, other actors who appear in Emancipation include Ben Foster (Leave No Trace), Charmaine Bingwa (The Good Fight), Gilbert Owuor (Reprisal), Mustafa Shakir (Cowboy Bebop). Furthermore Steven Ogg (Westworld), Grant Harvey (Animal Kingdom), Ronnie Gene Bivens, Jayson Warner Smith (Where the Crawdads Sing), Michael Luwoye (Bluff City Law), Aaron Moten (The Orville).