“I feel like a lot of the patterns are starting to repeat themselves in America and the world today,” Will shared. “So, in terms of the timing, it felt like it was time for a reminder that we not go down some of the same paths.”
He and director Antoine Fuqua worked hard to relay that message in hopes that the film “was something that you wouldn’t just forget when you walked out of the theater,” Will said.
“I think that level of emotional confront is important,” he continued, “to be able to cultivate compassion and empathy for one another.”
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Emancipation premieres in select theaters Dec. 2 and on Apple TV+ Dec. 9.