‘King Richard’ Trailer: Will Smith Plays Venus & Serena Williams’ Father

Warner Bros. Australia

Warner Bros. has unveiled the first trailer for King Richard, the upcoming true-story biopic that has Will Smith playing Richard Williams, father to sister tennis champs Venus and Serena Williams. 

The film takes a look the pivotal role Richard played in helping place his two daughters on a path to success, pushing them with a clear plan that would take them from the streets of Compton to the world stage. Saniyya Sidney (Fences) and Demi Singleton (Godfather of Harlem) play Venus and Serena respectively.

A promising picture here, with an inspirational story and what looks like a strong turn from Smith. The film is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, who previously helmed police brutality film Monsters and Men and upcoming Mark Wahlberg true-story film Good Joe Bell. Behind the screenplay is Zack Baylin, who’s also attached to co-write Michael B. Jordan’s Creed III.

King Richard, also starring Tony Goldwyn and Jon Bernthal, will be in Australian cinemas on November 18th. In the US, the film will be released in both cinemas and HBO Max on November 19th.





Official synopsis and rundown for King Richard:

Based on the true story that will inspire the world, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “King Richard follows the journey of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever. Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Bad Boys for Life”) stars as Richard, under the direction of Reinaldo Marcus Green (“Monsters and Men”).

 

Driven by a clear vision of their future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage as legendary icons. The profoundly moving film shows the power of family, perseverance and unwavering belief as a means to achieve the impossible and impact the world.

 

Aunjanue Ellis (“If Beale Street Could Talk,” TV’s “Quantico”) plays the girls’ mom, Oracene “Brandi” Williams, Saniyaa Sidney (“Hidden Figures,” “Fences”) stars as Venus Williams, Demi Singleton (TV’s “Godfather of Harlem”) stars as Serena Williams, with Tony Goldwyn (the “Divergent” series, TV’s “Scandal”) as coach Paul Cohen and Jon Bernthal (upcoming “The Many Saints of Newark,” “Ford v Ferrari”) as coach Rick Macci. The ensemble also includes Andy Bean (“IT Chapter Two”), Kevin Dunn (the “Transformers” films, HBO’s “Veep”) and Craig Tate (“Greyhound”).

 

Green directed “King Richard” from a screenplay written by Zach Baylin. The producers were Tim White and Trevor White under their Star Thrower Entertainment banner, and Will Smith under his Westbrook banner. Isha Price, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Adam Merims, Lynn Harris, Allan Mandelbaum, Jon Mone and Peter Dodd served as the executive producers.

 

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography Robert Elswit (“There Will Be Blood”), production designers Wynn Thomas (“Da 5 Bloods,” “Hidden Figures”) and William Arnold (“The Hate U Give”), Oscar-nominated editor Pamela Martin (“The Fighter”), and two-time Oscar-nominated costume designer Sharen Davis (“Dreamgirls,” “Ray”). The music is by Oscar-nominated composer Kris Bowers (“Space Jam: A New Legacy,” “A Concerto is a Conversation”).

 

A Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation, A Star Thrower Entertainment Production, A Westbrook Production, A Keepin’ It Reel Production, “King Richard” will release only in cinemas November 18 2021.

Warner Bros. Australia

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