Will Smith Will Play Venus and Serena Williams’ Dad in ‘King Richard’ Movie

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Will Smith will be taking on one of tennis’ most legendary coaches.

According to the media house, it was revealed on Monday that the actor will be the leading man in the new project King Richard, which tells the story of Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams.

The film will explore how the Louisiana native raised two of the greatest tennis players in history with no prior coaching experience.

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Deadline adds that Richard put together a 78-page plan for his girls’ tennis careers when they were just four years old. He taught the girls the game’s fundamentals on neglected tennis courts in Compton, California. The report adds that Richard would sometimes chase off locals in order to free up the courts to train. Despite their humble beginnings, with Richard’s help, Venus and Serena went on to become some of the most renowned athletes to pick up a tennis racket.

Venus has claimed seven Grand Slam titles, while Serena has won 23.

Now, Will Smith–who we all love– is set to portray him and we can’t wait!


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