Hollywood star Will Smith plays a slave who escapes from a Louisiana plantation and embarks on a journey to reunite his family in a new trailer for the Apple TV+ drama Emancipation.
The film, which is based on the true story of 1863 “Whipped Peter” who was arrested during a Union Army medical examination, will debut on the streaming platform on December 9.
It’s Smith’s first major project since he took the stage at this year’s Academy Awards and slapped comedian Chris Rock after he joked about Jada Pinkett Smith losing her hair as a result of alopecia.
Smith, 54, was banned from any Academy events or programs for 10 years following his “unprecedented” behavior at the 94th Academy Awards.
He apologized to Rock for the infamous slap in the face three months after the incident in a five-minute video posted to Instagram.
On Monday, Apple TV+ released an official teaser of the drama, which tells the triumphant tale of Peter, played by Smith, escaping slavery and dodging hunters on his quest for freedom.
In the film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, Smith wades through the Louisiana swamp avoiding cannon blasts and gunfire.
He says: “I am not afraid, what can a mere man do to me. My family is with me forever.
“I will look upon my enemies triumphantly.”
In April of last year, Smith and Fuqua, who both serve as producers, pulled production of the Hollywood blockbuster from Georgia due to the state’s recent law restricting voting access.
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The film is the biggest and best-known Hollywood production to leave the state since the Republican-controlled Georgia legislature passed legislation introducing stricter voter identification requirements for mail-in ballots.
In a joint statement issued at the time, Smith and Fuqua said they felt compelled to move production out of Georgia.
“We cannot in good conscience economically support a government that is enacting regressive electoral legislation designed to limit voter access.
“Georgia’s new election laws are reminiscent of ballot barriers passed at the end of Reconstruction to prevent many Americans from voting,” they said.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/apple-tv-confirm-release-of-will-smiths-runaway-slave-drama-emancipation-42037344.html Apple TV+ confirms the release of Will Smith’s runaway slave drama Emancipation