Will Smith to play Venus and Serena Williams’s father Richard in new movie

Smith will take the lead role in King Richard.

March 05, 2019
Will Smith to play Venus and Serena Williams’s father Richard in new movie Will Smith attends the Focus premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 24, 2015 in Hollywood, California.   Jason Merritt/Getty

Will Smith has taken on the role of Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in forthcoming movie King Richard, Variety reports.

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The movie is based on a script by Zach Baylin that finished as runner-up in the 2018 Black List, a source of scripts yet to be optioned by movie producers.

It reportedly focuses on Richard "overcoming hardship, skepticism, controversy, and his own troubled past to instruct his daughters, starting when they were four years old on the tennis courts of Compton, Calif. — despite not having a background in tennis."

Smith is currently filming a third instalment of the Bad Boys franchise alongside Martin Lawrence and will appear as Genie in the forthcoming Aladdin remake. Last week it was reported that he will not reprise his role in the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel.

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