Will Smith is joined by Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Dave Chappelle and Tyler Perry at the screening of his new movie Emancipation…and he’s back after the Oscar slap.
Will Smith was back in the swing of things on Monday when he revealed an impressive cast of stars who attended a pre-screening of his upcoming movie Emancipation.
The 54-year-old Academy Award winner appeared in a photo posted to Instagram showing beloved Rihanna and A$AP Rocky, along with comedian Dave Chappelle, movie star Tyler Perry and more.
Will appears to be trying to revive his career and re-establish himself as he returns with his first big project since he shocked Academy Awards viewers earlier this year when he slapped Chris Rock on stage.
Famous Friends: Will Smith, 54, continued his acting comeback Monday when he shared a star-studded photo of the Emancipation Show featuring Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Dave Chappelle, Tyler Perry, and more.
Will sporting a bushy beard and particularly short hair as he showed off a toothy smile while taking a selfie.
He casually wore a cream-colored striped shirt and a charcoal jacket.
Standing behind him is Rihanna, who playfully flashes bunny ears behind his head while wearing a white jacket. She wore her hair upturned and swept one eye, showing off her perfect pout while looking as if she was about to kiss her partner, A$AP Rocky.
Rocky smiled from ear to ear while wearing a white trucker hat.
Colleagues: Also joining the celebration was Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, along with music producer Corey Smyth and Will’s longtime friend Fawn Boardley. They chatted about the movie afterwards
History: Smith’s latest film is a historical thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua, in which the New Prince actor stars an enslaved man named Peter who escapes from a Louisiana farm.
smiling Dave Chappelle stood in the crowd in a brown shirt, while Tyler Perry showed a surprised expression while wearing a cool blue jacket.
Also joining the celebration was Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, along with music producer Corey Smyth and Will’s longtime friend Fawn Boardley, who also served as style director for him and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, 51, who did not appear. to attend the show.
The film seemed to spark some deep conversations among the group, with Chappelle having to stand with his back on the screen while talking to other audience members in a follow-up photo.
Smith’s latest film is a historical thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua, in which the Fresh Prince actor stars a enslaved man named Peter who escapes from a Louisiana plantation and challenges treacherous lands and slave hunters to get north to the Union Territory, where he is. Able to join the fight against the Confederacy.
The film is inspired by the life of a former slave immortalized in harrowing photographs of his back, which was covered in keloid scars in a spider web of recurring skin.
Race for Freedom: brave traitorous lands and slave hunters to make it north to Union lands, where he can join the fight against the Confederacy
Painful: The film is inspired by the life of a former slave immortalized in harrowing photographs of his back, which was covered in recurring spiderweb keloid scars.
The movie is Smith’s first major act since he took to the stage at the Academy Awards and slapped Chris Rock in the face while he was in the heat of the show.
The Independence Day star said he was angry at a joke Rock made about his wife’s lack of hair, which she shaved off to cover up the hair loss she’s been experiencing.
Despite the controversy surrounding the Oscars, Smith won Best Actor for his role as the father of Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard.
After the horrific slap, diverse It originally reported that Apple was planning to delay the film until 2023 to let the controversy ebbed.
However, it is now set for a December 2 release in cinemas, followed by a streaming release on Apple TV+ on December 9.
The streaming service may still be scrapping its plans for an awards season hit, as the movie could lose out on potential profits due to the short theatrical window.
Back on track: The film was originally reported to be delayed to 2023 after Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards, but it will now release in time for awards season with a theatrical release on December 2nd; seen in March
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