Arthur Ashe: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about the tennis legend's biopic

The inspirational drama will highlight the works of African-American musicians like Aretha Franklin, Prince and Curtis Mayfield


                            Arthur Ashe: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about the tennis legend's biopic
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A yet-untitled biopic honoring iconic tennis player Arthur Ashe is in the pipeline. 

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming film that brings his inspiring journey to life.

About Arthur Ashe 

Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. was an American tennis player and the first black winner of a major men's singles championship. He's also the only black man to win Wimbledon, the U.S Open, and the Australian Open which helped him reach the No.1 spot in world rankings. Ashe’s victory at the 1968 U.S. Open came at a time when the nation struggled with the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., anti-Vietnam protests and the civil rights movement. He retired in 1980 and was ranked world No. 1 by Harry Hopman in 1968 and by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and World Tennis Magazine in 1975.

Ashe was able to progress his role within the Black revolution in America. He became known for his fierce activism for a wide variety of causes including civil rights, economic empowerment, opposition to Apartheid, and AIDS awareness.

In the early 1980s, Ashe is believed to have contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery. Ashe publicly announced his illness in April 1992 and began working to educate others about HIV and AIDS. He founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death from AIDS-related pneumonia at age 49 on February 6, 1993. On June 20, 1993, Ashe was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President Bill Clinton. 

Release Date

The movie has just been announced and is still in the nascent stages. As a result, there's no defined date as of yet and you can bookmark this article and circle back in a few days for more updates. 

Plot

The biopic will flesh out all major details of Ashe's life. Apart from that, the film will feature music inspired by his era and will highlight the works of African-American artists including Aretha Franklin, Prince, Curtis Mayfield, and many more. 

Cast 

As stated earlier, the film is in its very early stages. Check this space in the near future for more updates. 

American tennis player Arthur Ashe (1943 - 1993) wins the Men's Singles at Wimbledon, London, 5th July 1975. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

Creators

Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment Group and Warner Music Group are working in tandem to bring Arthur Ashe's biopic to life. The screenplay will be fully supported by the Arthur Ashe Estate and will be written by Academy Award winner Kevin Willmott who has 'BlacKkKlansman' and 'Da 5 Bloods' to his credit. 

Kevin Willmott attends the 2019 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 17, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California (Getty Images)

 

Trailer

There is no trailer for the film yet. Circle back here in the near future for fresher updates

Where to Watch

It's too early to find out whether the makers of the film decide to release it in theaters or Video on Demand. Check this space for more updates. 

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