Antoine Fuqua’s ‘Emancipation’ Trailer: Starring Will Smith In a True Story of Gordon

Antoine Fuqua's 'Emancipation' Trailer

The first official teaser for Antoine Fuqua‘s ‘Emancipation‘ starring Will Smith has been released. The film premieres in theaters on December 2, 2022, and will stream on Apple TV+ starting December 9, 2022. Watch the trailer below.

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Is Emancipation Based On A True Story?

Emancipation is based on a true story event, fueled by an indelible image, when Peter showed his bare back during an Army medical examination, photos were taken of the scars from a whipping delivered by an overseer on the plantation owned by John and Bridget Lyons that nearly killed him. When the photo known as “the scourged back” was published by the Independent in May 1863 and then in Harper’s Weekly‘s July 4 issue, it became indisputable proof of the cruelty and barbarity of slavery in America. The photo reached around the world, and legend has it that it made countries like France refuse to buy cotton from the South. It solidified the cause of abolitionists and prompted many free blacks to join the Union Army.

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Antoine Fuqua's 'Emancipation' Trailer
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Directed by Antoine Fuqua from a script written by William N. Collage. In the trailer, we saw a historical background. The film is filled with an emotional core that involves Peter’s death-defying journey to escape his captors. Using onions to mask his scent from pursuing bloodhounds, and his strength and smarts to survive running barefoot through the swamps for 10 days, the tale takes a turn reminiscent of such survival tales as the Mel Gibson-directed Apocalypto.

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Emancipation stars Will Smith as Peter, Ben Foster as Fassel, Steven Ogg as Sergeant Howard, Charmaine Bingwa as Dodienne, Gilbert Owuor as Gordon, Mustafa Shakir as Andre Cailloux, Grant Harvey as Leeds, Ronnie Gene Blevins as Harrington, Jayson Warner Smith as Captain John Lyons, Jabbar Lewis as Tomas, Michael Luwoye as John, and Aaron Moten as Knowls.

Todd Black, Joey McFarland, Jon Mone, and Smith are producing. Warner Bros, MGM, Lionsgate, and Universal Pictures bid on the film before Apple ultimately won distribution rights for over $130 million.

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