- Will Smith
- November 19th 2021
- Reinaldo Marcus Green
Will Smith plays Venus and Serena Williams’ father and tennis coach in this inspirational biographical drama.
Will Smith has become a firm favourite for a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard in King Richard, which comes to cinemas this week.
The biographical drama, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, begins in Compton, California, and follows Richard (Smith) as he trains his young girls Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton) on their local rundown tennis court.
Richard knows he’s coaching two extraordinary tennis stars and will need help to take their game to the next level – but this is easier said than done as tennis is a notoriously white and privileged sport.
It proves virtually impossible to find a professional coach willing to work with his daughters for free but he keeps persevering and finally finds Rick Macci, who relocates the family to Florida.
The career path for the girls – then aged nine and 10 – should be relatively straightforward from then on,...