Posted by | Ray Cornelius

VARIETY is reporting that Aladdin star Will Smith will portray Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in a new biopic titled King Richard.

The project is based on a script written by Zack Baylin and focuses on Williams overcoming hardship, skepticism, controversy and his own troubled past. He began instructing his daughters at the tender age of four-years-old on the tennis courts of Compton, CA despite not having a background in professional tennis himself.

King Richard will be produced by Tim and Trevor White under their Star Thrower Entertainment banner. Smith will also serve as a producer of the film through his Overbrook Entertainment Company. He is currently in Atlanta filming Bad Boys For Life with Martin Lawrence.

RC will keep you posted as this project continues to develop.

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