The Emancipation cast features Will Smith, Ben Foster and Charmaine Bingwa. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Antoine Fuqua’s 2022 Apple TV+ movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Emancipation chronicles the real-life experiences of a Black slave during the American Civil War. As Peter gets taken away from a Louisiana plantation, he plots his escape while observing Confederate soldiers. The narrative follows the central character as he fights to survive while searching for a Union camp. Here’s every main actor and character in Emancipation.
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Emancipation Cast: Will Smith as Peter
Character Profile: A Black father and husband. He plans a five-day trip to Baton Rouge upon learning that slaves have been freed. Peter gets taken away by Confederate soldiers and then tries to escape.
Smith’s Resume: A Founding Member of DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince — Also, Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-96), Steven Hiller in Independence Day (1996), Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali in Ali (2001), Richard Williams in King Richard (2021)
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Emancipation Cast: Ben Foster as Jim Fassel
Character Profile: A Confederate soldier. He is the son of a cornhusker and was raised by a Black woman. Jim tracks down Peter in the woods.
Foster’s Resume: Charlie Prince in 3:10 to Yuma (2007), Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery in The Messenger (2009), Tanner Howard in Hell or High Water (2016), Will in Leave No Trace (2018), Harry Haft in The Survivor (2021)
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Emancipation Cast: Charmaine Bingwa as Dodienne
Character Profile: Peter’s wife. She gets left at a plantation with her children. Dodienne blatantly injures herself while operating a cotton gin.
Bingwa’s Resume: Miranda in Black Box (2020), Carmen Moyo in The Good Fight (2021-), Summer Akers in The Pitch (2021), Jeanette in Trees of Peace (2021), Yahdella in KAPO (2022)
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Emancipation Cast: Gilbert Owuor as Gordon
Character Profile: Peter’s friend. He survives a slave camp but gets injured. Gordon reunites with Peter while fighting for the Union.
Owuor’s Resume: Minus in True Blood (2014), Father Anan in Goliath (2016), Maksim in Mute (2018), Bash Brannigan in Reprisal (2019), Ace in Montana Story (2021)
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Emancipation Cast: Ronnie Gene Blevins as Harrington
Character Profile: Jim’s partner. He looks for alligators and fights Peter. Harrington is the nastiest member of his group.
Blevins’ Resume: Cement Truck Driver in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Willie-Russell in Joe (2013), Bruno in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021), Ben Hutchins in Tulsa King (2022), Joe in Father Stu (2022)
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Emancipation Cast: Aaron Moten as Knowls
Character Profile: Jim’s Black partner. He helps track down slaves. Knowls has a fateful encounter with Peter.
Moten’s Resume: Erik Winkelstrauss in Mozart in the Jungle (2015-16), Petey in The Night Of (2016), Travis in Disjointed (2017-18), Ben in Next (2020), Ham in Father Stu (2022)
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The Emancipation cast also includes:
- Jabbar Lewis as Tomas
- Michael Luwoye as John
- Steven Ogg as Howard
- Grant Harvey as Leeds
- Mustafa Shakir as Lt. Andrew Cailloux
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