King Richard is an upcoming American biopic centred on the upbringing of twin American tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams. Will Smith first hinted at the project back in February 2020, and now the project is set to debut in theatres from November 19, 2021.
Venus and Serena Williams have been tennis superstars for most of their lives, and while the California sisters have shared the story of their rise in sports for decades, we’re now set to receive a film that centers around their father, Richard Williams.
Will Smith portrays the dedicated father in the movie as Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton star as Venus and Serena, respectively. King Richard will reportedly highlight the family’s humble beginnings in Compton, California as the journey into the sisters becoming two of the most recognized names in tennis.
Smith shared the trailer to his Instagram page, expressing delight and gratitude to the Williams’ family for allowing him to share their story cinematically. “One of the greatest honors as an actor is to be able to celebrate someone’s legacy while they’re still here creating it,” wrote the actor. “I’ve gotten to do it a few times in my career playing @ceoofhappyness and @muhammadali, and every time it’s a fulfilling and expansive experience beyond compare.”
“Thank You Venus, Serena, Isha, Lyndrea, Yetunde, Oracene and Richard for letting us share your story with the World!” King Richard will be released in theaters on November 19 and HBO Max subscribers will be able to view the film on the platform for the first 31 days following its release. Check out the trailer below.