Hollywood star’s first teaser Will Smith‘s new historical drama, Emancipation, is out. In the film, financed by Apple, Will plays a slave who flees from the clutches of plantation owners.
As Will, who plays Peter, tries to navigate the difficult road (or lack thereof) that lies ahead, he fights not only for his freedom, but for his life.
The teaser of the Antoine Fuqua-directed drama was released with a description that read: “An enslaved man embarks on a perilous journey to reunite with his family in this powerful film inspired by a true story. Directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Will Smith, Emancipation will premiere in theaters December 2 and stream on Apple TV+ December 9.
This is Will Smith’s first major role since the Oscar debacle earlier this year, in which the actor was banned from the Academy for a decade after he slapped presenter and comedian Chris Rock. Will later resigned from the Academy and has since publicly apologized to Chris and his family.
Emancipation was previously scheduled for this year, but the date was pushed back to 2023, given the chaos that followed the Oscar slapgate. However, the feature seems to be getting back on track as Emancipation will be released in December this year.