Not Richard III, but the father of Venus and Serena Williams, the famous tennis stars. A trailer has just dropped for the movie. Will Smith plays “King” Richard Williams.
He is the man credited for helping his two daughters become two of the biggest names in tennis, winning tournaments worldwide and becoming household names. He was their father and coach. The plot from IMDb is :
A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.
Alongside Smith the movie stars Jon Bernthal, Tony Goldwyn, Dylan McDermott, and Susie Aromeit. Playing Venus is Saniyya Sidney from Hidden Figures and American Horror Story and Serena is Demi Singleton known for her role in Godfather of Harlem.
The movie is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men). It is written by Zach Baylin. Both (the real-life) Venus and Serena are serving – a little tennis joke there – as Executive Producers, alongside their sister Isha Price.
Smith as said about the movie :
“One of the greatest honors as an actor is to be able to celebrate someone’s legacy while they’re still here creating it, I’ve gotten to do it a few times in my career playing Chris Gardner and Muhammad Ali, and every time it’s a fulfilling and expansive experience beyond compare.
So now, I’m proud to show you all our first trailer for King Richard, the story of the man who introduced the world to Venus Williams and Serena Williams. The origin story for some REAL DEAL superheroes!!”
I hope the movie won’t be a racket…
King Richard is due out on 19th November this year.