Do not consider Will Smith‘s career to be completely over just yet. Despite a great deal of criticism, the actor must come under after the contentious event that occurred at the Academy Awards in March, his acting career has not been completely derailed, as he will be included in forthcoming projects. He is slated to feature in the impending Apple TV+ film Emancipation, which was previously scheduled to debut this autumn but has been moved out to 2023 with an undetermined release date.
The release of Emancipation being pushed back is preferable to the film’s release being completely canceled. There are further Smith projects that have been put on hold, but it is feasible that production might resume at some time in the future when the reaction from the Oscars event subsides. One of the films in the pipeline is a projected fourth Bad Boys picture, which was claimed to be progressing in pre-production. Another Smith picture, the Netflix original Fast and Loose, has been on extended hiatus.
Emancipation is an action thriller written by William N. Collage and helmed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer films). In addition to Smith, Charmaine Bingwa, Ben Foster, Mustafa Shakir, Steven Ogg, and Gilbert Owuor are all on board in the action thriller. Additionally, Smith co-produces the film with Joey McFarland, Todd Black, and Jon Mone.
The film is inspired by the actual account of a runaway slave called Gordon. His recorded mistreatment helped raise awareness about the horrors of slavery in the United States, which in turn drove the abolitionist movement. It tells the story of a slave called Peter (Smith), who is almost tortured to death on a Louisiana plantation before escaping and setting off for the North with the intention of joining the Union Army. Given the talent involved, the picture was considered a frontrunner for Oscar’s race.