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Will Smith To Star In Runaway Slave Thriller ‘Emancipation’ By Antoine Fuqua

US actors Will Smith poses at the 'Bad Boys For Life' launching photocall in Paris, in front of the Eiffel Tower, on January 06, 2020. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)

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US actors Will Smith poses at the ‘Bad Boys For Life’ launching photocall in Paris, in front of the Eiffel Tower, on January 06, 2020. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)

 

Is it the right environment amidst the current climate of racial tension in the United States to release another slave movie? Will it create even more mass appeal or reaction because one of the biggest stars in Hollywood will be starring in it?

The highly anticipated film is entitled “Emancipation” and is a  Willam N. Collage-scripted action thriller about the captivating escape of runaway slave Peter.   His overcoming of the odds included out maneuvering hunters and the swamps of Louisiana on  his path to North for freedom.

Will Smith has been given the role of the man who is pictured in one of the most gruesome pictures from the era of American slavery below. The film is based on his life.

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The plan is to begin production early 2021. Antoine Fuqua spoke with Deadline about the project and how it is a vital part of history of the USA.

“It was the first viral image of the brutality of slavery that the world saw,” Fuqua told me. “Which is interesting, when you put it into perspective with today and social media and what the world is seeing, again. You can’t fix the past, but you can remind people of the past and I think we have to, in an accurate, real way. We all have to look for a brighter future for us all, for everyone. That’s one of the most important reasons to do things right now, is show our history. We have to face our truth before we can move forward.”

This film will mark the first time that Fuqua will work with the iconic Will Smith. “He’s not being portrayed as just a victim, which always bothered me,” Fuqua said “The only time I saw a film that showed a taste of what I always felt should be seen more, is Roots. The character, Kunta Kinte, they cut his foot off to stop him from trying to escape. I always wanted to make a movie where you see those characters that fought back and did what they had to do, for freedom. Not for revenge, but freedom.

Fuqua said he and Smith will complete their other obligations, and then this is the film they’ll make.

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