Will Smith’s first major film, The Hunting Ground, will be released in August, but the movie has yet to find a distributor.
The movie is based on the 2005 book of the same name, about a Native American woman who became the first woman to survive being raped, beaten and murdered by an acquaintance.
The film is a dramatic and personal account of the woman’s story, as well as a film about her husband, a military veteran who died in Vietnam.
In the movie, Smith plays the lead role, while the other actors are played by Will Forte, Michael B. Jordan, Anna Paquin, Laura Dern and Josh Gad.
Smith, who has been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, wrote the script with his daughter, Willie, and her sister, Margo Price.
“We felt that if you’re going to do this, it has to be a true story, and not a movie made up of fictional elements,” said Will Smith, Will’s wife.
The first film about Will Smith was not picked up by a distributor and had not yet been released.
But when it was announced on social media, the backlash began.
The backlash has been so strong that a boycott was announced by The Weinstein Company on Tuesday.
“Will Smith is in trouble,” tweeted actor and activist Liza Minnelli.
“Why do we need to keep fighting for a true rape survivor to have a voice in the film industry?”
The Weinstein Co. said it would not release the film.
“This is a film that celebrates the true spirit of Will Smith and his family,” the statement said.
“It was written with the hope that it would be a testament to the tremendous power of Will’s story and that it will be shared by millions of people around the world.”
It was not clear if the company plans to release the movie or have it screened at film festivals.
The Weinstein company is also the distributor of the Weinstein Co.’s Oscar-winning film The Artist and is the film’s producer.
A spokesman for The Weinstein Group said in a statement that the film will be distributed “in the spirit of freedom of expression and respect for all those who have made their voice heard through the production of this documentary.”