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Will Smith’s Movie ‘Emancipation’ OTT Release Date: ‘Emancipation’ will be available to watch online on Apple TV+ on December 9th

Over nine months after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards 2022, Apple TV has finally released the trailer and the date for Will Smith’s highly spoken about the film, Emancipation. Months of speculation continued after the actor’s infamous slap at the Oscars led to him being banned from the awards ceremony in the future. However, after much deliberation, Apple announced that Emancipation will release in the theaters on December 2 and will stream on Apple TV+ on December 9, 2022.

This means, the film has been scheduled for the release perfectly in time for awards season. The first trailer and poster of Emancipation was released as the announcement.

Touted to be an American historical action thriller film, Emancipation is directed by Antoine Fuqua. Besides will, the film stars Ben Foster, Steven Ogg, Mustafa Shakir, Charmaine Bingwa and many others. Emancipation is written by William N. Collage and the first screening was held on October 1, 2022, at Washington, D.C.

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The film revolves around Peter who escapes from Louisiana plantation after being brought to a near death situation. The enslaved person makes his way up North, outwitting cold-blooded hunters, and joins the Union Army. What is showcased is the journey of an abolitionist movement highlighting the cruelty of American slavery. Based on the true story of Gordon, Emancipation also includes moments captured in the past, emphasising the whippings, which have been present and showcased worldwide since 1863.

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Media reports state that the film was bagged by Apple, after a heated bidding war, at the Cannes virtual market in 2020. However, controversy began after Smith, who won the best actor award for King Richard, slapped Chris Rock after a comment made during the hosting. Though he issued an apology for the same, Academy Awards decided to ban him for 10 years. Meanwhile, understanding the gravity of the situation, Will also voluntarily resigned from the Academy, however, he can still be nominated.

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