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15 Jun

Will Smith to play Venus and Serena William’s dad in King Richard

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After playing the beloved Genie and stealing our hearts in Aladdin, Will Smith will play Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, in the upcoming movie King Richard.

“The film will center on Richard Williams overcoming hardship, skepticism, controversy, and his own troubled past to instruct his daughters, despite having no background in tennis. Their journey started when Venus and Serena were four years old on the tennis courts of Compton, Calif,” Hollywood entertainment portal Variety has reported.

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Serena has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, starting with the US Open in 1999. Venus has seven Grand Slam singles, starting with Wimbledon in 2000. The sisters have combined for 14 Grand Slam doubles championships.

According to IndieWire, Warner Bros. has tapped relative newcomer Reinaldo Marcus Green to direct the film. Written by Zach Baylin, the script of the film was runner-up on the 2018 Black List. King Richard is slated to release on November 25, 2020.

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