Will Smith is getting back to acting again.
Obviously, the rap star turned sitcom star turned movie star turned superstar hasn’t exactly been gone – he dropped Bad Boys 3 right before the pandemic, after all – but with Suicide Squad before that (not this one, though), it’s been a little while since he flexed his dramatic muscles. That comes to an end this fall when King Richard drops. Yer boy Will Smith is flexing all his acting muscles in this one, including and especially that legendary charm, as notorious sports dad Richard Williams.
Richard Williams was a polarizing figure when he burst onto the scene in the late 90s, as the father and coach of two young tennis prodigies: Venus and Serena Williams. People questioned his methods, his personality, his motivations, even his parenting. But it wasn’t long before they stopped questioning the results.
Serena won the US Open in 1999, her older sister Venus won Wimbledon a year later. Together they had individual success, formed a formidable doubles duo, and over the past 20 years, Serena emerged as one of the greatest female tennis players ever and is the highest-earning female athlete of all time.
Regardless of how you feel about their dad, his coaching methods, and his parenting – he started training them to be tennis champions when they were just four years old – he was instrumental in their success.
The official synopsis:
“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. The profoundly moving film shows the power of family, perseverance and unwavering belief as a means to achieve the impossible and impact the world.”
Check out the trailer for King Richard, which hits theaters and HBO Max on November 19th.