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Will Smith Holds Screening For ‘Emancipation’

The Apple film, directed by Training Day’s Antoine Fuqua, had originally been slated for a 2022 release but was shelved after the actor slapped Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars ceremony before he went on to win best actor for his role in King Richard.

On Saturday night, Apple Unique Movies showed Emancipation to a group of influential people in
Washington, D.C. Antoine Fuqua directed the period drama/survival epic based on real events.

When it was presented at the Cannes Film Market in 2020, it sparked a bidding war between Warner
Bros., Common, MGM, and Lionsgate. Apple prevailed in the end, and with an A-lister taking the role of
an escaped slave known as Whipped Peter and preventing his escape from the Louisiana swamp, it
appeared that they were a strong contender for awards and a lot of public interest.
Apple clearly acknowledges that they are working with a huge film. This aspect, which was initially shot
with this year’s awards season in mind, remains a question mark until they actually release it.

A Scene from the movie Emancipation

Smith stated in his initial review of the film that he had never been interested in slave stories
throughout his entire career. Smith instructed the group, “This is not a movie about slavery”
The film is about freedom.

Will Smith giving speech after winning his first-ever Oscar – for best actor in ‘King Richard’ After three decades of acting and three nominations, Smith finally won for his portrayal of Richard Williams, the father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena

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