Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by William N. College, Emancipation is an upcoming American historical action thriller film. It is produced by Apple Studios, Overbrook Entertainment, Westbrook Entertainment, McFarland Entertainment and Escape Artists.
Emancipation Star Cast
The film stars Hollywood superstar Will Smith in the lead roles as Peter. He was last seen in 2021 biographical sports drama film King Richard, in which Smith features as Richard Williams, the father and coach of famed tennis players Venus and Serena Williams.
The film won several nominations in many prestigious awards including Academy Awards, Golden Globe and Screen Actor Guild Awards among others. Smith won awards in all the three award events for Best Actor.
Other than him, the film also stars Ben Foster as Fassel, Stevan Ogg as Sergeant Howard, Charmaine Bingwa as Modienne, Gilbert Owuor as Gordon, Mustafa Shakir as Andre Cailloux, Grant Harvey as Leeds, Ronnie Gene Blevins as Harrington, Jayson Warner Smith as Captain John Lyons, Jabbar Lewis Thomas, Michael Luwoye as John, Aaron Moten as Knowles and Imani Pullum as Betsy.
Emancipation Release Date
The film executive produced by Toddy Black, Joey McFarland, Jone Moon and Smith had its first screening in Washington D.C. on October 1, 2022. It is now set to have a limited theatre release on December 2, 2022 and after that will premiere on Apple TV+ on December 9, 2022.
Though the film was already set to premiere in 2022, Apple elected to delay the film to 2023 after Smith became embroiled in controversy for slapping Hollywood comedian Chris Rock onstage at the Academy Awards. It is Smith’s first movie since the Oscar slap incident.
Will Smith is back on the red carpet for the premiere of #Emancipation pic.twitter.com/ndEvw4CjLz
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 1, 2022
Emancipation Teaser & Trailer
Along with announcing the release date of the film, Apple TV also dropped a 2-minute long trailer. The film based on a true story of Gordon or Whipped Peter, an escaped Slave, tells the story of his escape from Louisiana plantation and reuniting with his family, after being whipped nearly to death by outwitting cold-blooded hunters.
Photograph of his bare back, heavily scourged from an overseer’s whipping, was published worldwide in 1863, giving the abolitionist movement or Abolitionism proof of the cruelty of American slavery.