Photo via Apple TV+ “Emancipation” is an Apple Original Film premiering in theaters December 2, 2022 and globally on Apple TV+ on December 9, 2022.
By Ezekiel J. Walker
Will Smith has announced his first movie role in “Emancipation’ since making international headlines during this years Oscar’s ceremony for “the slap.”
According to CNN, Smith portrays an enslaved man who “embarks on a perilous journey to reunite with his family” in the film.
When he showed his bare back during an army medical examination, photos were taken of the scars from a near-fatal whipping delivered by an overseer on the plantation owned by John and Bridget Lyons. The Independent published the photo, known as The Scourged Back, in May of 1863. It appeared in Harper’s Weekly‘s July 4 issue and became indisputable proof of the cruelty and barbarity of slavery in America.
Set for limited theatre release on Dec. 2, the Antoine Fuqua directed film will stream on Apple TV+ one week after its theatre debut.