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Putintseva pushes on in Portoroz

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Great to be back

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Halep marries Toni Iuruc in Constanta

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Tyzzer admits decision may have impacted Barty loss at US Open

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France to open BJK Cup in Prague

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And so it begins…

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‘King Richard’ trailer – Will Smith as father of Venus & Serena

The Trailer is out for ‘King Richard’, the new biopic movie starring Will Smith as the Williams Sisters’ father due to be released in cinemas in the USA on 19 November and streamed on HBO Max for 31 days.

I wrote me a 78-page plan for their whole career before they was even born... You’re going to be representing every little black girl on Earth. Richard Williams, as played by Will Smith

The movie is about Richard Williams, who is the father and tennis coach of champions Serena and Venus Williams.

Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green (‘Monsters and Men’), ‘King Richard’ details the sisters’ journey from Compton, California, to global recognition, looking at the man who raised and trained Venus and Serena, shaping them into two of the best tennis players in the world.

Co-starring are Saniyya Sidney (‘Fences’) as Venus, Demi Singleton (‘Godfather of Harlem’) as Serena and Emmy nominee Aunjanue Ellis (‘Lovecraft Country’) playing Oracene Price, who is Richard’s ex-wife, the mother of the sisters.

Other appearances include Tony Goldwyn (‘Scandal’), who plays coach Paul Cohen and Jon Bernthal (‘The Walking Dead’) as coach Rick Macci, as well as two-time Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott (‘The Practice’ and ‘Hollywood’) as a fictional sports agent, Will Hodges.

The trailer gives audiences a preview of how Williams developed his daughters’ innate talents and abilities as to transform them into full-blown athletic icons.

“I wrote me a 78-page plan for their whole career before they was even born,” says the senior Williams in the clip.

The Warner Bros. film depicts the pressures and uphill battle the two black girls faced at the start of their careers, which is reflected in a scene in which an emotional Richard explains to them: “You’re going to be representing every little black girl on Earth.”

The movie’s official description calls Richard ‘an undeterred father [with a] relentless drive and unapologetic vision to change the game’ who is ‘instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever’.

Will Smith is serving as a producer alongside Tim White and Trevor White, with executive producers Venus and Serena Williams, while ‘King Richard’ is screenwriter Zach Baylin’s debut feature film.



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