Will Smith’s Seeking Freedom In The New Trailer For Emancipation

Emancipation

by James White |

Despite Academy Awardsgate, Apple is pushing ahead with the release of Will Smith-starring historical drama Emancipation, directed by Antoine Fuqua. The full trailer is now online.

Written by William N. Collage, Emancipation tells the triumphant story of Peter (Smith), a man who escapes from slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith and deep love for his family to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom.

The film is inspired by the 1863 photos of “Whipped Peter,” taken during a Union Army medical examination, that first appeared in Harper’s Weekly. One image, known as “The Scourged Back,” which shows Peter’s bare back mutilated by a whipping delivered by his enslavers, ultimately contributed to growing public opposition to slavery.

Emancipation is headed to Apple TV+ globally on 9 December.

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