Will Smith joined by Tyler Perry, Rihanna, and more for ‘Emancipation’ screening

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Will Smith had some serious support on hand for a showing of his upcoming film.

The “Ali” actor shared a selfie this week post-screening of new film “Emancipation” with the likes of Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Dave Chappelle, Tyler Perry, and more in screen.

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“EPIC Night!! Thanks for coming to see #Emancipation. Hope ya’ll enjoyed!!,” Smith captioned the image while also tagging the big names in attendance.

“Blackish” creator Kenya Barris who appeared in the photo wrote in the comments, “this night was MAGIC and your movie is truly something that will last forever!”

According to ET Online, Tyler Perry commemorated the screening on his Instagram Story, sharing the same image as Smith. “Still haunted by #Emancipation. It’s truly powerful, moving and captivating. And the conversation afterwards with this group was legendary,” he wrote. He also thanked Smith for the sneak peek.

“Emancipation” is Smith’s first major film appearance since slapping Chris Rock at this year’s Oscar ceremony. He was subsequently banned for 10 years from the awards show.

The Antoine Fuqua directed and Apple TV+ production, “tells the triumphant story of Peter (Will Smith), a man who escapes from slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith and deep love for his family to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom. The film is inspired by the 1863 photos of “Whipped Peter,” taken during a Union Army medical examination, that first appeared in Harper’s Weekly. One image, known as “The Scourged Back,” which shows Peter’s bare back mutilated by a whipping delivered by his enslavers, ultimately contributed to growing public opposition to slavery,” according to Apple.

“Emancipation” will hit theaters on Dec. 2 and stream on Apple TV+ Dec. 9.

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