The first teaser of Hollywood star‘s new historical drama, Emancipation, is out. The film, bankrolled by , sees Will essaying the role of a slave who flees from the clutches of plantation owners.
As Will, who plays Peter, attempts to navigate the tough road (or lack thereof) ahead, he battles not only for his freedom, but for his very life.
The Antoine Fuqua directed drama’s teaser 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. Emancipation, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Will Smith, premieres in theaters December 2, streaming on Apple TV+ December 9.”
This is Will Smith’s first major role since the Oscar debacle earlier this year, where, after slapping presenter and comedian Chris Rock, the actor was barred from the Academy for a decade. Will later resigned from the Academy, and has since apologised to Chris and his family publicly.
Emancipation was earlier slated to release this year, but its date was shifted to 2023, considering the chaos that followed the Oscar slapgate. However, the feature seems to be back on track as Emancipation will release in December this year.