After playing Genie in “Aladdin”, Will Smith is tennis player Venus and Serena Williams’s father, Richard.
In “King Richard”, drama movie opening on December 1, 2021, the actor plays the father and mentor of champion Serena Williams and Venus Williams.
“King Richard” is no documentary but a biopic focusing on tennis women Serena and Venus Williams through their father, Richard Williams. “King Richard” is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, who already directed a biopic about Bob Marley.
In this movie inspired by real facts, Will Smith plays Richard Williams. He shares the screen with Saniyya Sidney (“American Horror Story” season 6) as Venus and Demi Singleton as Serena. Also starring in “King Richard”, Tony Goldwyn (who was President Fitzgerald Grant in “Scandal”), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan, in the eponymous series), and Dylan McDermott (“Stalker” and “The Practice” series…).
Perfecltly aware of the future he wants for his daughters, Richard (Will Smith) has planned everything to make of Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena Williams (Demi Singleton) iconic players: thanks to unorthodox methods, he makes it to take them from the street of Compton to the greatest tennis court in international competitions. He had no experience in this sport, but when his daughters turned four, he drew up a 78-page plan describing the training of the budding champions. The Williams sisters became two of the greatest players in the tennis history. Serena is undoubtedly one of the greatest tennis players in the world, winning the Grand Slam 23 times. Venus Williams won seven Grand Slam titles. As for Venus Williams, she won the Grand Slam seven times.