In the upcoming film “King Richard,” the word “love” has two meanings. The first trailer for the biopic, which will be released this fall, stars Will Smith as Richard Williams, the father and early coach of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.
“King Richard,” directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green (“Monsters and Men”), details the sisters’ journey from Compton, California, to global recognition, focusing on the man who raised and trained Venus and Serena, shaping them into two of the world’s best tennis players.
Saniyya Sidney (“Fences”) plays Venus, and Demi Singleton (“Godfather of Harlem”) plays Serena.
The trailer shows how Williams nurtured his daughters’ natural talents and abilities, transforming them into full-fledged athletic icons.
In the video, the senior Williams says, “I wrote me a 78-page plan for their entire career before they were even born.”
The Warner Bros. film will show the pressures and uphill battle that the two black girls had to go through at the start of their careers, as evidenced by a scene in which an emotional Richard tells them, “You’re going to be representing every little black girl on Earth.”
The movie’s official description addressed Richard as “an undeterred father [with a] relentless drive and unapologetic vision to change the game” who is “instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever.”
The three main stars are accompanied by Emmy nominee Aunjanue Ellis (“Lovecraft Country”) as Brandi Williams, Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”) as coach Paul Cohen and Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead”) as coach Rick Macci, as well as two-time Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott (“The Practice,” “Hollywood”) as a fictional sports agent, Will Hodges.
Smith is producing alongside Tim White and Trevor White, with Venus and Serena Williams serving as executive producers. Zach Baylin’s first feature film will be “King Richard.”
“King Richard” will be released in theatres on November 19 and will be available on HBO Max for 31 days after the theatrical release.