AppleTV+ has released a new trailer for Emancipation, starring Will Smith. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film tells the story of Peter, a slave who desperately seeks to reunite with his family.
Premiering on AppleTV+ on December 9, Emancipation looks intense. In an emotional voiceover, Peter describes how he has been whipped, his bones have been broken but “they will never break me.”
Check out the trailer below.
Although his standing is very uncertain within Hollywood, Smith’s performance in Emancipation, judging from the trailers, is exactly the kind of thing awards bodies love.
Directed by Training Day -director Antoine Fuqua, Emancipation also looks visually ravishing. With a stark, gloomy colour palette to match the subject matter. Reminiscent of Steve McQueen’s superb 12 Years A Slave, Emancipation looks like it might be one for the ages.
Ben Foster and Charmaine Bingwa star alongside Smith and the film is written by William N. Collage. Smith is also producing the film while Fuqua is credited as an executive producer.
We’ll have to wait and see if Smith has redeemed himself enough to garner some recognition in next year’s awards cycle.