After holding it in limbo following Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock at the Academy Awards in March, Apple will release the actor’s next big project, “Emancipation,” this December.
In the fallout of Smith’s smack of the comedian, the fate of “Emancipation” had been uncertain.
One of Apple’s most high-profile productions yet, the film had once been expected to be an Oscar contender this year.
But an awards-season rollout of a film headlined by Smith, who the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years, has obvious complications.
Nevertheless, Apple TV+ said Monday that it will debut “Emancipation” on Dec. 2 in theaters and begin streaming it Dec. 9.