Will Smith has found a way to reinvent himself and stay relevant for the last 30 years. From hip hop albums to sitcoms to big-budget action films, the actor is one of the most well-known faces in Hollywood. As first reported by Variety, Smith’s next project will be a runaway slave thriller titled Emancipation.
The film will be directed by Antoine Fuqua. Best known for his Academy Award-winning film Training Day, the director has quite an impressive résumé. Additionally, the filmmaker has sat in the director’s chair for The Magnificent Seven, The Equalizer, and the upcoming film Infinite.
Emancipation will be based on true events and focus on a man named Peter. Peter was a runaway slave who is forced to use his white and guile to outrun a pack of cold-blooded killers within the confines of a Lousiana swamp in a desperate attempt to reach the Union Army during the American Civil War. Assassin’s Creed writer William N. Collage penned the script.
Smith will serve as the film’s executive producer alongside James Lassiter (Hitch) and Jon Mone (Ted). Per the initial report, production is currently set to begin in early 2021. However, given the global COVID-19 pandemic, that could change between now and then.
The last calendar month has been quite busy for Will Smith. The actor recently had a starring role in 2019’s live-action Aladdin and Spies in Disguise alongside Tom Holland as well as 2020’s Bad Boys for Life. The star has also bolstered his social media presence with programming on Facebook Watch and Snapchat. Moreover, Smith recently returned to his hip hop roots with a remix to Joyner Lucas’ tribute track “Will”.
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