Will Smith’s first post-slap film, ‘Emancipation,’ pushed to 2023: report

Will Smith fans have been waiting longer and longer to see the actor return to films.

As Variety reports, Apple and Smith's production company, Westbrook Studios, are pushing back the release of their action-drama "Amancipation" to 2023.

Don’t expect an “Emancipation” for Oscar winner Will Smith in 2022.

A source close to the situation told the publication "an untold truth" that the film will not be coming to the streaming platform this year.

There is already buzz about Smith's performance in the unreleased film, with an anonymous filmmaker who viewed earlier footage telling Variety that "Wills is going to win back-to-back [Oscars]."

"Salvation" will mark Smith's first film release since slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars in March.

He won his first Academy Award that night for portraying the father of Venus and Serena Williams in "King Richard."

The post drew comment for Apple and Westbrook Inc. representatives have been contacted.

Several of Smith's projects have been affected by the Oscars incident.

According to a Bloomberg source, Netflix has reportedly canceled the sequel to the 53-year-old's 2017 action flick “Bright”.

However, Smith will appear on Season 4 of David Letterman's Netflix talk show "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction."