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Will Smith to Play Serena & Venus Williams' Dad in Upcoming Movie
This has become a controversialpick.
Will Smith is set to play RichardWilliams the father of Serena and Venus Williams in an upcoming movie, according to a new report fromDeadline.
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The movie, which will be called King Richard, will tell the story of how a Compton man with no Tennis background raised two of the greatest tennis players of all time. The script was written byZach Baylin. (It was a screenplay that recently appeared on The Black List.)
Upon the announcement, there was some criticism with the pick on Twitter. Williams is a dark skinman; Smith is not. Why couldn'tthey find someone who was closer to his complexion?
\u201cColorism matters..love will Smith but there are other black actors for this role\u201d— Clarence Hill Jr (@Clarence Hill Jr) 1551764819
\u201cScarlett Johansson might as well play Venus with this kind of mess casting\u201d— Candis R. McLean (@Candis R. McLean) 1551747856
\u201cWhy is he always cast in roles portraying dark skin men like there aren\u2019t tons of black actors that would make more sense for the role?\u201d— BFFR (@BFFR) 1551746531
\u201c?? was mahershala not available or any other darker skinned male actor ever??\u201d— e (@e) 1551745782
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