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Will Smith to Play Serena & Venus Williams’ Dad in Upcoming Movie

Will Smith to Play Serena & Venus Williams’ Dad in Upcoming Movie

Will Smith to Play Serna & Venus Williams' Dad in Upcoming Movie
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This has become a controversial pick.

Will Smith is set to play Richard Williams — the father of Serena and Venus Williams — in an upcoming movie, according to a new report from Deadline.

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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 by Zach 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 skin man; Smith is not. Why couldn’t they find someone who was closer to his complexion?

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Will Smith’s next role? He is set to play the Genie in the upcoming Aladdin movie, which comes out next year.


Source: Deadline 


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