will play Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams
, in the movie “King Richard.”
The film, based on a script by Zach Baylin
, will center on Richard Williams overcoming hardship, skepticism, controversy, and his own troubled past to instruct his daughters, starting when they were four years old on the tennis courts of Compton, Calif. — despite not having a background in tennis. Baylin’s script was runner-up on the 2018 Black List.
Serena has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, starting with the Us Open in 1999. Venus has seven Grand Slam singles, starting with Wimbledon in 2000. The sisters have combined for 14 Grand Slam doubles championships.
Tim and Trevor White
will produce under their Star Thrower Entertainment
banner, which has backed “The Post
,” “Wind River
,” and “Ingrid Goes West.” Smith will also produce under his Overbrook Entertainment
company. The executive producers include Allan Mandelbaum
from Star Thrower