Report: Will Smith Could Play Venus and Serena Williams' Dad in 'King Richard'

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2019

FILE - In this July 15, 2018, file photo, singer and actor Will Smith performs during the closing ceremony prior to the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. The star on Wednesday, Oct. 10, revealed the first poster of Disney's remake of
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A potential new movie could feature Will Smith as Richard Williams, the father of Serena and Venus Williams, in a story of the tennis stars' upbringing.

According to Mike Fleming Jr. of Deadline, Zach Baylin wrote a spec script titled King Richard.

The story reportedly chronicles Richard Williams' raising two future star tennis players from Compton, California. Venus and Serena have won 30 individual Grand Slam championships and 14 doubles titles with each other.

Though Baylin still needs to sell the script in order for it to get made into a film, attaching a star like Smith could go a long way. Creative Artists Agency represents Smith and is also selling the script, per Fleming.


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