Will Smith is coming back to the big screen! Apple TV+ will now be releasing Will Smith’s drama Emancipation later this year, despite reportedly postponing the release date to 2023 in the wake of the Oscars controversy.
Emancipation is based on a true story and follows Peter, played by Will Smith, who runs away from his plantation in search of his family, outwitting cold-blooded hunters and surviving the Louisiana swamps along the way. Peter eventually joins the Union Army. During a medical examination, his bare back, which had scars on it from a near-fatal whipping at the hands of his former plantation’s overseer, was photographed. The Independent published the photo, undoubtedly proving the cruelty and barbarity of slavery in America.
Emancipation Release Date
The streaming platform recently announced that Emancipation would now hit theatres on December 2 and be available for streaming on December 9, just in time for awards season despite Smith’s 10-year ban from the Oscars. Smith will play the role of Peter in the historical motion picture, which is based on a true story from an 1863 photo titled The Scourged Back.
The upcoming film cast will include, Will Smith as Peter, Ben Foster as Fassel, Steven Ogg as Sergeant Howard, Charmaine Bingwa as Dodienne, Gilbert Owuor as Gordon, Mustafa, Shakir as Andre Cailloux and Grant Harvey as Leeds.