More than a month later of  the slap that got him  banned from the Oscars for a decade,  Will Smith is still considered persona non  grata in Hollywood.

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May 07 2022

He slapped Chris Rock because of an ill-advised joke made against his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Many of Smith’s future projects appeared to be in flux after that incident.

Now, the film that was set to be his awards-season follow-up is reportedly being delayed to next year 2023.

Emancipation, an action-drama in which Smith stars as Peter, a man who escapes slavery in the Louisiana swamps.

It  has been delayed from its expected fall 2022 release date to sometime in 2023, Variety reports.

Emancipation  is directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film was expected to be a repeat awards contender for both Smith, who won best actor for King Richard.

 filmmaker said that when seeing footage of the project before the slap, they predicted that “Will’s going to win [Oscars] back-to-back.”

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