How Much is Will Smith Making in Serena Williams’ Father’s Biopic King Richard? Salary, Contract and Other Details

Published 11/20/2021, 7:00 AM EST


‘King Richard’ hit the theatres yesterday and has been receiving some great responses. The film portrays the life of Venus and Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams, and how he transformed his daughters into two of the biggest superstars in the history of tennis.

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Interestingly, renowned Hollywood star, Will Smith, is playing the role of Richard Williams in the film. Along with being the central character, Smith is also one of the producers of the film with Tim White and Trevor White.

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How much money is Will Smith making for his role in Serena Williams father’s biopic?

Will Smith has put all his hard work and dedication into playing the role of Venus and Serena’s father, Richard Williams. Fans are also excited to watch him in a new and different role on the big screens this time.

The budget of ‘King Richard’ is estimated to be $50 million. According to the California Film Commission, the production spent around $35.6 million in the state and returned about $7.5 million in tax credits.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams after her Ladies’ Singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

As per many reports, Smith alone took home $40 million for his role. However, the 53-year-old also gave a hefty bonus to all his co-stars after the completion of the shooting of the film. He did this to compensate for the loss which HBO suffered since it released the film on the box office and on its online streaming platform, HBO Max, simultaneously.

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Interestingly, both Venus and World No.41 Serena are also playing an active part in the film. They are both executive producers and regularly visited the set of the movie. Additionally, both the champions also promoted the film by giving interviews to a lot of media outlets along with Smith.

Fans give Oscar shouts to Will Smith for his role in ‘King Richard’?

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Those fans who have watched the film have already started giving Oscar shout-outs to Will Smith. While some hailed him for his magnificent acting skills, others are calling the film as yet another Will Smith wonder.

372178 06: FILE PHOTO: Richard Williams, center, with his daughters Venus, left, and Serena 1991 in Compton, CA. Serena and Venus Williams played against each other for the first time July 6, 2000 in the tennis semifinals at Wimbledon. (Photo by Paul Harris/Online USA)

Like his fans, Smith too has huge expectations from the film. Wherever he went to promote the film, he highlighted that it is one of the most difficult roles that he has ever played in any of his films.

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Even though the first-day earnings of King Richard are not out yet, it will be intriguing to see where it stands among the films that hit the theatres this year. Will it be able to break every record at the box office? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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