Will Smith is set to play Richard Williams, the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams, in an upcoming film titled King Richard. 

According to Varietywhich broke the news: The film, based on a script by Zach Baylin, will center on Richard Williams overcoming hardship, skepticism, controversy and his own troubled past to instruct his daughters, starting when they were 4 years old on the tennis courts of Compton, Calif. — despite not having a background in tennis.

The script for the film was runner-up on the 2018 Black List.

The film will be produced by Tim and Trevor White for their Star Thrower Entertainment and Smith for his Overbrook Entertainment. His brother-in-law Caleeb Pinkett will also produce for Overbrook, as well as Allan Mandelbaum of Star Thrower. Mary Solomon and Rick Rickertsen co-produce.

Smith is currently in production on Bad Boys for Life, and it was revealed last week that he would not return for the new Suicide Squad film due to scheduling.


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