Will Smith Plays A Man Fighting For His Freedom In A Strong Redemption Trailer

Will Smith is going back to the big screen in Emancipation.

On Wednesday, Apple Original Films released the official trailer for Emancipationwhich marks the 54-year-old Smith’s first film since the 94th Academy Awards in March, when he slapped Chris Rock during the award show’s live national television broadcast.

I EmancipationSmith stars as Peter, a man whose escape from slavery forces him to rely on “his wits, his unwavering faith and his deep love for his family” as he eludes slave hunters and through Louisiana on his journey toward the freedom.

The upcoming film is inspired by “1863 photographs of ‘Whipped Peter,'” taken during a Union Army medical examination, which first surfaced in Harper’s Weekly,” reads the synopsis.

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One image from the photo series titled “The Scourged Back” shows the man’s wounded back after a severe whipping by his slaves – a photo that “ended public opposition to slavery,” according to the summary.

Will Smith’s redemption trailer

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The nearly three-minute new trailer for the Antoine Fuqua-directed film shows Peter being separated from his family by slavers before he chooses to escape to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and try to meet the Union Army in the process. the American Civil War.

Although Peter’s journey is fraught with danger — the trailer features a fight with an alligator in the swamps of Louisiana and a group of slave hunters, led by Ben Foster’s character, in pursuit of him — he seems long enough to join the Union Army and fight. in at least one battle during the war.

The IS Emancipation trailer ends with a full-circle moment as Peter is shown posing for the now-famous “Scourged Back” photo, emphasizing the film’s real-life inspiration.

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On Tuesday, Fuqua, 56, said he hopes viewers will be able to look at Smith’s Oscars era and appreciate Emancipation.

Will Smith's redemption trailer

Will Smith’s redemption trailer

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He told Vanity Fair that although there was never any conversation” about the film no coming out,” the studio and the filmmakers had to consider the situation and ultimately decided that there was no need to postpone it any longer.

“Of course I wanted people to see the film,” said the director. “My conversation was always, ‘Isn’t 400 years of slavery, brutality, more important than one bad moment?’ We’ve been in Hollywood, and some really ugly things have happened, and we’ve seen a lot of people getting awards who have done some really bad things.”

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The film’s December 2nd release date qualifies it for the upcoming awards season, and although Smith is banned from attending Academy events for the next 10 years, he is still eligible to be nominated and win at the Academy Awards .

Apart from Smith and Foster, Emancipation also stars Charmaine Bingwa, Gilbert Owuor, Mustafa Shakir, Steven Ogg, Grant Harvey, Ronnie Gene Bivens, Jayson Warner Smith, Jabbar Lewis, Michael Luwoye, Aaron Moten and Imani Pullum.

Emancipation premieres in theaters December 2 and begins streaming worldwide on Apple TV+ December 9.

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