Will Smith's first movie since Oscars slap will be released in December

is first major project since he infamously slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars in March.

 Smith posted a trailer of the movie on his social media pages and called it the "hardest movie I've ever made.

The movie centers around Smith's character, Peter, an enslaved man who escapes a Louisiana

According to Apple, the film was inspired by the 1863 photos of  "Whipped Peter." One of the images – known as "The Scourged Back" 

The film premiered in an advanced screening during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 51st Annual Legislative Conference

The announcement of the movie's release date comes more than six months Smith slapped Rock on stage during the Academy Awards ceremony

Smith hit Rock after he made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head. 

Smith apologized to Rock publicly and the Academy announced Smith would be banned for 10 years from any of their events after the incident