Will Smith Attends ‘Epic’ Screening of ‘Emancipation’ With Rihanna, Dave Chappelle and Tyler Perry – The Hollywood Reporter

Three weeks after Apple debuted Antoine Fuqua’s Emancipation in Washington D.C., the Will Smith-starrer screened for an intimate crowd in Los Angeles that included Rihanna and boyfriend ASAP Rocky, Tyler Perry, Kenya Barris, music producer Corey Smyth, celeb stylist Fawn Boardley and writer-producer Esa Lewis, amongst others.

Maybe essentially the most notable visitor within the room — apart from Smith himself — was Dave Chappelle.

The celebrity comic lately completed a sold-out European area tour reverse co-headliner Chris Rock, who was slapped by Smith on stage on the Oscars. The slap seen around the world led eventual greatest actor Oscar winner Smith to being banned from the present for 10 years.

Throughout stand-up units within the months for the reason that Oscars, Rock hasn’t shied from addressing the slap although he’s stored most of his feedback comparatively transient. Simply final month at a present within the U.Ok., nonetheless, each Rock and Chappelle broached the topic with Rock saying, “the motherfucker hit me over a bullshit joke, the nicest joke I ever advised.” Chappelle additionally took intention at Smith saying that he “did an impression of an ideal man for 30 years.”

Whereas it’s unclear how they got here collectively for this particular screening, a number of attendees took to Instagram to share how particular it was, with Smith calling it an “EPIC evening!!” Barris opened up a bit extra, posting that “this evening was actually one for the books! A tremendous and sensible group of associates bought collectively and witnessed TRUE ART.”

He continued: “The dialog after was the impact of what something and every part we as creatives do on this business hope for.” He credited Chappelle for internet hosting and the comic is seen in one of many pictures talking to the opposite friends presumably in the course of the post-film dialogue.

“I’m nonetheless haunted by Emancipation,” wrote Perry. “It’s actually highly effective, shifting and charming. And the dialog afterwards with this group was legendary. Thanks Will Smith for the preview!”

Primarily based on a real story, Emancipation follows Peter (Smith), an enslaved man who runs away from his plantation seeking his household, outwitting cold-blooded hunters and surviving Louisiana swamps alongside the way in which.

Fuqua directed and govt produced Emancipation from a script by William N. Collage. The movie is produced by Smith and Jon Mone by Westbrook Studios, Joey McFarland by McFarland Leisure and Todd Black by Escape Artists. Chris Brigham, James Lassiter, Heather Washington, Cliff Roberts, Glen Basner and Scott Greenberg served as govt producers.

The movie is because of be launched in choose theaters on Dec. 2, earlier than it hits Apple TV+ on Dec. 9.