As previously reported by The Root, the release of Emancipation was put in limbo due to the Hollywood aftermath of the infamous Chris Rock/Oscars slap that took place back in March. But earlier this month, Apple decided to move ahead with the film and revealed the official trailer and its release date set for later this year. The film was also screened for the very first time in Washington D.C. at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 51st Annual Legislative Conference for a select audience

In Emancipation, Smith stars as an escaped slave by the name of Peter who, “relying on his wits, unwavering faith and deep love for his family,” evades “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.”

The forthcoming film is set to hit theaters on Dec. 2 and Apple TV+ on Dec. 9.