King Richard Trailer: Will Smith Plays Venus & Serena Williams' Father in WB Drama

King Richard Trailer: Will Smith Plays Venus & Serena Williams’ Father in WB Drama

Warner Bros. has released the official trailer for the upcoming biopic King Richard, starring Will Smith as Richard Williams, the father, coach, and mentor to tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams.

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Inspired by the true story, King Richard tells the story of Richard Williams (Smith), an undeterred father who was instrumental in raising Venus and Serena Williams (Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton), two of the best tennis players in the world. Driven by a clear vision of the future, Richard executes a plan that moves the girls from the streets of Compton, California, to the global stage as sports icons.

Check out the official trailer below:

Richard Williams, who had no tennis background, overcame tremendous hardship, skepticism, and his own troubled past to raise two of the game’s greatest players. When his daughters were around the age of four, Richard Williams drew up a 78-page plan for their professional tennis careers. He began giving them tennis lessons and the girls learned the game on cracked, weedy public courts in Compton, reportedly after their father brawled with young toughs who were not fans of the sport and would not make way. The Williams sisters went on to become two of the greatest players in tennis history.

Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men) and written by Zach Baylin (Creed III), the sports drama also stars Demi Singleton (Godfather of Harlem) as Serena Williams, Saniyya Sidney (The First Lady) as Venus Williams, Emmy nominee Aunjanue Ellis (Lovecraft Country) as Brandy Williams, Richard’s wife and mother to Serena and Venus, Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) as Rick Macci, Tony Goldwyn (Scandal) as Paul Cohen, and Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott (Hollywood).

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Tim White and Trevor Write produce via their Star Thrower Entertainment banner. Smith will also produce through his Overbrook Entertainment banner. Allan Mandelbaum, Adam Merims, Lynn Harris, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Caleeb Pinkett will serve as executive producers along with Venus and Serena Williams alongside their sister Isha Price. James Lassiter also produces.

King Richard has a current theatrical release date of November 19, and will also be available to stream on HBO Max for 31 days following the film’s theatrical release.


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