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Will Smith as Venus and tennis stars Serena Williams’s father, Richard, in ‘King Richard’. Image: Warner Bros

First-look trailer: Watch Will Smith as famous tennis dad in ‘King Richard’ [watch]

Will Smith is set to star in the ‘King Richard’ biopic about Serena and Venus Williams’s dad, Richard Williams, in November this year.

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Will Smith as Venus and tennis stars Serena Williams’s father, Richard, in ‘King Richard’. Image: Warner Bros

Actor Will Smith is set to star in a biopic about tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams’s father, Richard Williams. The first-look trailer for King Richard gives fans a glimpse of Smith portraying the most famous tennis dad, who was influential in the successful careers of his tennis star daughters.


The film is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, who worked on the 2018 indie flick Monsters and Men, and details the Williams sisters’ journey from Compton in California to global tennis superstardom. It takes an extensive look at the man who raised and trained Venus and Serena, shaping them into two of the best tennis players in the women’s game.

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The trailer gives audiences an emotional preview of how difficult it was for Richard Williams to mold his daughters into athletes.

Smith stars alongside Saniyya Sidney (Venus) and Demi Singleton (Serena). The rest of the cast features Aunjanue Ellis as Brandi Williams, Tony Goldwyn as coach Paul Cohen, Jon Bernthal as coach Rick Macci, as well as Dylan McDermott portraying a sports agent Will Hodges.

The outline of the film is detailed by Warner Bros and reads as follows:

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.

‘King Richard’ is a profoundly moving film that shows the power of family, perseverance and unwavering belief as a means to achieve the impossible and impact the world.


Green directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay alongside Zach Baylin who’s making his feature film debut. According to Deadline, Smith under his production company Westbrook will be co-producing this biopic alongside Tim White and Trevor White through their company Star Thrower Entertainment production.

Deadline also confirmed that Serena and Venus Williams will be executive producing on the film alongside their sister Isha Price. James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Adam Merims, Lynn Harris, Allan Mandelbaum, Jon Mone and Peter Dodd will also be credited as executive producers.

The film will be streamed on HBO Max and released in US theatres on November 19.