'King Richard': 5 things to know about the Will Smith starrer sports biopic

Buzz is that Will Smith just might take home an Oscar for the performance he's dished out as Richard, the father of Serena and Venus Williams


                            'King Richard': 5 things to know about the Will Smith starrer sports biopic
Will Smith in a still from 'King Richard' (IMDb)

Will Smith is still one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood and with 'King Richard, he will attempt to tell the tale of two sisters, Serena and Venus Williams who have been the greatest sports personalities the country has seen. The movie has been one of the much-awaited films of the year and with a theatrical release, there's every reason to expect packed theatres. Buzz is that Smith just might take home an Oscar for the performance he's dished out as Richard, the father who played a key role in shaping the athletes' careers.

Talking about the role he essayed, Serena, according to Digital Spy said there was no actor who could have done better for the role. "No word describes it better than just surreal," she said. "Just to see these incredible actresses and everyone behind it just putting this all together about our dad's journey, but because of myself and my sister, it really is like, 'Wow, really, OK, are we really something?"

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Ahead of the film's release, here's everything you need to know.

When does 'King Richard' release

The Will Smith starrer will release in theatres on November 19, 2021, and on HBO Max the same day. 

What is 'King Richard' all about

The official synopsis per WB reads: "Based on the true story that will inspire the world, 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. 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."

Who stars in the sports biopic

Will Smith stars as Richard Williams, the father of Tennis superstars, Serena and Venus Williams. Saniyya Sidney as Venus and Demi Singleton as Serena respectively. Tony Goldwyn as Paul Cohen, Jon Bernthal as Rick Macci, Dylan McDermott as Will Hodges, Mikayla LaShae Bartholomew as Tunde Price, Danielle Lawson as Isha Price, Layla Crawford as Lyndrea Price, Andy Bean as Laird Stabler, Kevin Dunn as Vic Braden, Craig Tate as Bells, and Vaughn W. Hebron as Monsta.

Will Smith Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

 

Who are the showrunners

Reinaldo Marcus Green ('Joe Bell') serves as the director based on the screenplay by Zach Baylin. Smith, Tim White and Trevor White serve as the producers.

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