Liev Schreiber joining Will Smith in King Richard

Liev Schreiber is joining Will Smith in the cast of upcoming sports drama King Richard.According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will play tennis coach Paul Cohen in the movie, a biopic about Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard Wi…

Liev Schreiber is joining Will Smith in the cast of upcoming sports drama King Richard.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will play tennis coach Paul Cohen in the movie, a biopic about Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard Williams, as portrayed by Will.

Paul, who had worked with the likes of John McEnroe and Pete Sampras, was brought onboard by Richard to give his daughters lessons.

Liev joins a cast that also includes child stars Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton as the young Venus and Serena, and Aunjanue Ellis as their mother, Oracene Price. Jon Bernthal is attached to portray another tennis coach, Rick Macci.

The film, which is slated for a cinema release in November, is being directed by Monsters and Men’s Reinaldo Marcus Green from a script by Zach Baylin.

The narrative is set to show how the uncompromising tennis dad trained his two daughters to play the game on the cracked courts in Compton, Los Angeles, and coached them all the way to Grand Slam wins and all-time greatness.

Producers include Tim White, Trevor White, and James Lassiter, with Allan Mandelbaum, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Caleeb Pinkett serving as executive producers.

Liev most recently wrapped on hit TV series Ray Donovan, which concluded earlier this year after seven seasons. However, he recently hinted to fans that they haven’t seen the last of his character.

He will next begin promoting The French Dispatch, a comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and also starring Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Lea Seydoux, Elisabeth Moss, and Edward Norton.

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Will Smith’s King Richard movie lands director

Will Smith’s King Richard movie has found its director in Reinaldo Marcus Green.The Monsters and Men filmmaker is set to direct the film, which tells the true story of Richard Williams, who, despite having no tennis background, oversaw his daughter Ven…

Will Smith’s King Richard movie has found its director in Reinaldo Marcus Green.

The Monsters and Men filmmaker is set to direct the film, which tells the true story of Richard Williams, who, despite having no tennis background, oversaw his daughter Venus and Serena’s tennis careers from overgrown courts in Compton, California to the top of the international game almost two decades ago, when Serena won the US Open in 1999 and Venus beat Lindsay Davenport to win the 2000 Wimbledon title.

Green will also be the first black filmmaker that Smith has ever worked with in his 25-year career, according to IndieWire.

Tim White and Trevor White will produce through their Star Thrower banner and James Lassiter will produce for Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment company. The Aladdin star’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith, brother-in-law Caleeb Pinkett and Allan Mandelbaum will executive produce.

Green’s directorial debut, Monsters and Men, had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to win the Special Jury Prize for Outstanding First Feature.

He also helmed the first three episodes of the highly anticipated Netflix series, Top Boy, and recently completed principal photography on his next movie, Good Joe Bell, starring Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton.

When Smith was attached to star as Richard Williams earlier this year, it sparked a colourism debate, with some social media users believing he is too light-skinned to play the tennis coach. He has not yet responded to the criticism.

Warner Bros. is set to release King Richard on 25 November next year, just before the Thanksgiving. holiday in the U.S.

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