Will Smith Gives Everyone Two Months Of Free Apple TV+

By Jonathan Klotz | Published

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Will Smith, star of Apple TV+ movie Emancipation, is slapping the taste of subscription fees out of everyone’s bank account. In a video the star shared to his Instagram, with further reporting thanks to Comic Book, we can confirm that starting on December 9th, everyone can get two free months of Apple TV+. According to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star, he had been reading lots of fan comments saying that they don’t have Apple TV+, which prompted one of the most powerful men in Hollywood to make a deal with the streaming service.

Anyone that wants two free months of Apple TV+ can go to the website in Will Smith’s bio, then immediately start streaming Emancipation. Or, as the star mentioned, Ted Lasso, and while he didn’t mention it, his fellow DCU star Jason Momoa starts in the series See available on the streaming service. Apple TV+ may not be one of the most popular streaming services, but it is not without its original hits.

Will Smith’s Emancipation is the biggest chance that Apple has taken with producing original content. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), the film follows Smith’s character, “Peter”, a runaway slave trying to navigate the Louisana swamps to get back to his family. Pursuing “Peter” is a slave hunter, Fassel, played by Ben Foster.

Rounding out the cast beyond Will Smith and Foster, Emancipation also stars Grant Harvey (Animal Kingdom), Harmaine Bingwa (The Good Fight), , Michael Luwoye (Hamilton), Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage, The Deuce), Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead), and Timothy Hutton (American Crime, Jack Ryan). The film has already brought some fresh controversy, after producer Joey Ryan brought the photo that inspired the film to the red carpet premire. Thanks to the star’s self-inflicted controversy, Emancipation was always going to be held under a critical microscope.

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Will Smith in Emancipation.

Will Smith’s first movie, since slapping his wife’s name out of Chris Rock’s mouth, Emancipation is also already receiving the lowest critic scores of the star’s career. The critical reception may be influenced by the slap heard around the world, or it could just be the heavy subject matter of the film, or it may just be a bad film. Smith, the star of Hancock and Netflix’s Bright, has had some stinkers in the past.

The 54-year old actor has been on a downward swing lately, with his award-winning role in King Richard standing out as the critical exception rather than the rule. Franchise films, such as Bad Boys 4 Life and Aladdin, have set records and been major hits for Will Smith, but unlike those films, Emancipation is an original IP, which have not gone well for the actor in the past decade. 2019’s double whammy of Gemini Man and Spies in Disguise both disappointed at the box office, meaning the star needs his latest film to do really well, which a free Apple TV+ subscription will help make happen.

Will Smith has no projects planned beyond Emancipation, with Bright 2 stuck in production hell, Bad Boys 4 yet to start production, and no more word on I am Legend 2. After assaulting a man on live TV, one of Hollywood’s brightest stars has some work to do in order to fix his public image.