Will Smith walked the red carpet for the premiere of "Emancipation" in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
His wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and children, Trey, Willow, and Jaden, joined him.
It comes eight months after he slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, resulting in a 10-year ban.
Will Smith made his return to the red carpet on Wednesday night for the LA premiere of his new Apple TV+ film, "Emancipation."
The 54-year-old actor stepped out onto the red carpet at Westwood's Regency Village Theatre to celebrate his new film – his first to be released since his infamous Oscars outburst.
"Emancipation" is set to be released in theaters on December 2 and on Apple TV+ on December 9. It stars Smith as a slave named Peter who flees a plantation in Louisiana after nearly being killed and is already generating Oscars buzz.
However, Smith is now banned from attending the Academy Awards for 10 years after slapping Chris Rock.
The actor's loved ones joined him on the red carpet to celebrate the film's release.
The actor was supported by his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and their children, Jaden and Willow, as well as his son Trey from his relationship with ex-Sheree Zampino.
At one point, Smith was photographed kissing his wife's head.
It appeared to be a nod to Pinkett Smith's shaved head, which prompted Smith's outburst on the Oscars stage.
Rock was presenting the award for best documentary feature when he made a joke about Pinkett Smith's bald head.
"Can't wait for 'G.I. Jane 2,'" Rock said in reference to the 1997 movie "G.I. Jane," in which Demi Moore shaves her head bald.
After appearing to laugh, Smith then walked on stage and took a swing at Rock. He then walked back to his seat next to his wife and yelled to Rock: "Keep my wife's name out of your fucking mouth!"
The moment was televised to millions of viewers around the world.
Pinkett Smith wore a beautiful, billowing white gown with a high neck and dramatic ruffled train.
The 51-year-old also posed alone on the red carpet.
"The state of the world today, we need 'em both, and we all actually need one another more than ever," she said. "Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years, and that's keep figuring out this thing called life together."
She has been public about having alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss. In 2018, she released an Instagram video detailing her symptoms.
Smith also posed with his on-screen family from the film: Jordyn McIntosh, Jeremiah Friedlander, and Charmaine Bingwa
Bingwa makes her film debut in "Emancipation," and plays Dodienne, the wife of Smith's Peter, who he is desperate to return to after being enslaved in Louisiana. McIntosh and Friedlander play Laurette and Scipion, their young children.
The film's director Antoine Fuqua was unable to attend as he is currently in Italy filming "Equalizer 3," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Smith's "Emancipation" costar Ben Foster was also joined by his wife, Laura Prepon, on the red carpet.
The actor – who portrays a villainous slave catcher in the new film – has been married to the "Orange is the New Black" star since 2018. Together they have two children: a five-year-old daughter, and a two-year-old son.
Will Smith also took the time to pose with fans on the red carpet before wrapping up.
Earlier this week, Smith shared a message with moviegoers who might not be ready to see him make his on-screen return.
"I completely understand that if someone is not ready, I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready," he told FOX 5's "Good Day DC," journalist Kevin McCarthy.
Smith added that his "deepest concern" is if his involvement in the film will damage his collaborators' reputations and their chances of being recognized by Oscars voters for their work on the film.
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