Famous Friends: Will Smith, 54, continued his acting comeback on Monday by sharing a star-studded photo from an Emancipation screening featuring Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Dave Chappelle, Tyler Perry and more

Will Smith joined by Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Dave Chappelle and Tyler Perry at the screening of Emancipation

Will Smith is joined by stars Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Dave Chappelle and Tyler Perry at a screening of his new film Emancipation… as he returns from the Oscars slap

Will Smith was picking up the pace on Monday when he revealed an impressive number of stars who attended a preview screening of his upcoming film Emancipation.

The 54-year-old Oscar winner beamed in a photo posted to Instagram featuring a beloved Rihanna and A$AP Rocky, along with comedian Dave Chappelle, movie star Tyler Perry and more.

Will appears to be trying to revive his career and recover as he returns with his first big project since shocking Oscars viewers earlier this year when he slapped Chris Rock on stage.

Famous Friends: Will Smith, 54, continued his acting comeback on Monday by sharing a star-studded photo from an Emancipation screening featuring Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Dave Chappelle, Tyler Perry and more

Famous Friends: Will Smith, 54, continued his acting comeback on Monday by sharing a star-studded photo from an Emancipation screening featuring Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Dave Chappelle, Tyler Perry and more

Will sported a particularly thick beard and cropped hair as he flashed a toothy smile while taking a selfie.

He was dressed casually in a cream-colored striped shirt with a charcoal jacket.

Behind him stood Rihanna, who displayed bunny ears behind her head while wearing a white jacket. She wore her hair slicked back and swept over one eye, and she showed off her perfect pout while looking like she was about to kiss fellow A$AP Rocky.

Rocky grins from ear to ear while wearing a white trucker cap.

Pals: Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, along with music producer Corey Smyth and Will's longtime friend Fawn Boardley, also joined in the celebration.  They discussed the movie after

Pals: Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, along with music producer Corey Smyth and Will’s longtime friend Fawn Boardley, also joined in the celebration. They discussed the movie after

Story: Smith's latest film is a historical thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua, in which the Fresh Prince actor plays a slave named Peter who escapes from a Louisiana plantation

Story: Smith’s latest film is a historical thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua, in which the Fresh Prince actor plays a slave named Peter who escapes from a Louisiana plantation

Dave Chappelle stood smiling in the center of the crowd in a maroon shirt, while Tyler Perry displayed a playful surprised expression while wearing a cool blue jacket.

Also joining the celebration were Black-ish designer Kenya Barris, as well as music producer Corey Smyth and Will’s longtime friend Fawn Boardley, who also served as style director for him and his wife Jada Pinkett. Smith, 51, who did not appear. attended the screening.

The film appears to have sparked some deep conversations within the band, as a follow-up photo should have Chappelle standing with his back to the screen as he spoke to other audience members.

Smith’s latest film is a historical thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua, in which the Fresh Prince actor plays a slave named Peter who escapes from a Louisiana plantation and braves treacherous territory and slave hunters to save himself. travel north to the Union Territory, where he is able to join in the fight against the Confederacy.

The film was inspired by the life of a former slave immortalized in gruesome photos of his back, which was covered in cobwebbed keloid scars from repeated whippings.

Race for Freedom: Brave treacherous territory and slave hunters to race north to Union Territory, where he can join the fight against the Confederacy

Race for Freedom: Brave treacherous territory and slave hunters to race north to Union Territory, where he can join the fight against the Confederacy

Painful: The film was inspired by the life of a former slave immortalized in gruesome photos of his back, which was covered in cobwebbed keloid scars from repeated whippings

Painful: The film was inspired by the life of a former slave immortalized in gruesome photos of his back, which was covered in cobwebbed keloid scars from repeated whippings

The film is Smith’s first major work since he took the stage at the Oscars and slapped Chris Rock in the face while presenting.

The Independence Day star said he was furious at a joke Rock made about his wife’s lack of hair, which she shaved off to cover up the hair loss she had suffered.

Despite sweeping the Oscars in controversy, Smith still won Best Actor for playing Venus and Serena Williams’ father in King Richard.

Following the shocking slap, Variety originally reported that Apple planned to delay the film until 2023 to let the controversy die down.

However, it is now slated for a theatrical release on December 2, followed by a streaming release on Apple TV+ on December 9.

The streaming service may have backed off on plans to have an awards season hit yet again, as the film could lose potential profits due to the short theatrical window.

Back on track: The film was originally reported to have been delayed to 2023 after Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars, but it will now be released in time for awards season with a December 2 theatrical release;  seen in march

Back on track: The film was originally reported to have been delayed to 2023 after Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars, but it will now be released in time for awards season with a December 2 theatrical release; seen in march

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