Apple Studios’ runaway-slave thriller Emancipation starring Will Smith is suspending filming following a small number of positive COVID tests among the hundreds of crew working on the movie in Louisiana, reports Deadline. The article says the hiatus is expected to last five days.
Apple acquired Emancipation for US$120 in a bidding war. Here’s how the movie — which will debt on Apple TV+ is described: Smith plays Peter, a slave who fled a plantation in Louisiana after he was whipped within an inch of his life. He had to outwit cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on a torturous journey north. There, he joined the Union Army. The thriller is based on Peter’s true story and was inspired by the haunting photo of his bare back, scarred from the brutal whipping. The image, which came to be known as “The Scourged Back,” was published by The Independent in May 1863 and then in the Harper’s Weekly. It became indisputable proof of the barbarity of slavery in America, solidified the cause of abolitionists and prompted many free Blacks to join the Union Army.
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