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Everything Will Smith Has in the Works Post-Slap — from the Confirmed to the Not-So-Sure

It's probably still too soon for a Chris Rock buddy comedy, though.

Will Smith at the 94th Annual Academy Awards

Will Smith at the 94th Annual Academy Awards

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Will Smith may be banned from the Oscars until 2032, but the Best Actor winner isn’t slowing down his career any time soon.

The “King Richard” star made history at the 2022 Academy Awards for slapping presenter Chris Rock onstage following a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Rock addressed Smith’s attack, clarifying that he does not consider himself to be a “victim” but that he was “hurt” by Smith’s actions.

While Smith later apologized to Rock and called the whole evening “fuzzy” in his memory, Hollywood remained divided over whether Smith’s behavior should boot him from the industry as a whole. Rumors swirled that Apple TV+ was delaying the release of Antoine Fuqua’s slave biopic “Emancipation” following the Oscars slap, and that Netflix paused development on multiple Smith-fronted films. However, “Emancipation” finally released in late 2022 — even if to little fanfare.

“I completely understand — if someone is not ready, I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready,” Smith said while promoting “Emancipation,” which was released in theaters in December 2022. “My deepest concern is my team – Antoine has done what I think is the greatest work of his entire career.”

Smith continued, “The people on this team have done some of the best work of their entire careers, and my deepest hope is that my actions don’t penalize my team. At this point, that’s what I’m working for. I’m hoping that the material – the power of the film, the timeliness of the story – I’m hoping that the good that can be done would open people’s hearts at a minimum to see and recognize and support the incredible artists in and around this film.”

And Smith has plenty more films in the works, ranging from “Bad Boys 4” to “I Am Legend 2.” Keep scrolling to see all of Smith’s upcoming projects one year after the “Oscars slap.”

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