Will Smith will portray the real-life father of two of the most gifted and iconic athletes of all time in “King Richard.” Warner Bros. has released the first trailer of the moving drama that could be a box office hit and possible awards contender. I believe Will Smith will win his first Oscar for this role.
Inspired by a true story, “King Richard” tells the story of Richard Williams (Smith), an undeterred father who was instrumental in raising Venus and Serena Williams (Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton), two of the best tennis players in the world. Driven by a clear vision of the future, Richard executes a plan that moves the girls from the streets of Compton, Calif., to the global stage as sports icons.
From acclaimed director Reinaldo Marcus Green (“Monsters and Men”) and debut screenwriter Zach Baylin, the trailer showcases powerful emotional beats coming from Smith, including an emotional speech in which he states: “You will be representing every little Black girl on Earth.”
“King Richard” also stars Emmy nominee Aunjanue Ellis (HBO’s “Lovecraft Country”) as Brandy Williams, Richard’s wife and mother to Serena and Venus. She stars alongside Jon Bernthal (“Baby Driver”), Tony Goldwyn (ABC’s “Scandal”) and two-time Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott (ABC’s “The Practice” and Netflix’s “Hollywood”).
The film is produced by Smith, Tim White and Trevor White with Venus and Serena Williams serving as executive producers, alongside their sister Isha Price.
“King Richard” will be released in theaters in on Nov. 19 and on HBO Max via their ad-free plan for 31 days following theatrical release.
Watch the trailer below
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A Great Film it will be.