With first reactions to emancipation The new Apple movie starring Will Smith has delivered its first trailer.
In the trailer, Smith plays Peter, a slave who escapes from a Louisiana plantation to join the Union Army. The film also stars Ben Foster, Charmaine Bingwa and Steven Ogg.
On Instagram, Smith declared it was “the hardest film I’ve ever made” and thanked Apple for the support. “Thanks to Apple for doubling (and tripling) their commitment to bringing this epic story to the world,” he wrote.
In his screening debut at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 51st Annual Legislative Conference, Smith spoke about what prompted him to be a part of a film set in slavery.
“Throughout my career, I’ve turned down a lot of films that were set in slavery,” Smith said. “I never wanted to show it to us like that. And then this picture came up. And this is not a film about slavery. This is a film about freedom. This is a film about resilience. This is a film about faith.”
The Hollywood Reporter noted that he added the film was “about a man’s heart”.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua, Emancipation tells the story of Peter, who escaped from a Louisiana plantation to be reunited with his family and joined the Union Army. In that army, his back was medically examined and his wounds became “the first viral image.”
Smith added: “Cameras had just come out and the picture of Peter flogged went around the world. It was a call against slavery and this was a story that exploded and blossomed in my heart that I wanted to convey to you in a way only Antoine Fuqua could.”