This Monday, October 3, AppleTV+ released the trailer for Emancipation, the new movie starring Will Smithand which will be released on December 2 in theaters and on the 9th of that month on the streaming platform.
The film had been called into question after Smith’s slap in the face to Chris Rock at the Oscars.
The film, based on a true story, follows Peter (Smith), a runaway slave who journeyed north, outwitting cold-blooded hunters and surviving the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana along the way. After escaping to freedom, Peter joined the Union Army. When he showed his bare back during an Army medical exam, photos were taken of the scars from a near-fatal whipping delivered by a supervisor at the plantation owned by John and Bridget Lyons. The Independent published the photo, known as The Scourged Back, in May 1863. It appeared in the July 4 issue of Harper’s Weekly and became indisputable proof of the cruelty and barbarism of slavery in the United States.
Emancipation also stars Ben Foster, 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. William N. Collage wrote the script.