Renowned NBA Analyst Stephen A Smith Amazed with Actors Playing Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard

Published 11/10/2021, 11:37 AM EST
Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams and sister Venus 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 Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Very soon, the world is going to get to witness exactly what went into the cultivation of one of the most powerful tennis duos of all time – Serena Williams and Venus Williams. ‘King Richard,’ the biopic named after their father, seeks to explore Richard’s efforts and determination towards his young girls.

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Despite working with limited resources, Richard pushed his limits for Serena and Venus. As the release date is inching closer, promos and advertisements have started circulating across different social media platforms. In one such ad, renowned NBA analyst, Stephen Smith was amazed to see the professionalism from ‘King Richard’ cast.

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‘King Richard’ is all set to release on the big screen on November 19., 2021. With the date coming closer, fans have started to create the buzz. In one intriguing ad, Stephen A Smith, ESPN’s commentator, asks Will Smith to speak about his experience of working with the young actors playing the tennis legend. To this, Smith replied, “These young women are who we thought they were.

Richard Williams with his daughters

Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton are playing the roles of Venus Williams and Serena Williams, respectively. When they were asked how it fel to play the Williams sisters, Saniyya said, ” It was empowering for me. Venus once said, ‘I don’t focus on what I’m up against, I focus on my goals and try to ignore the rest.'”

The famous NBA analyst, Stephen Smith was very much amazed by the spontaneous answers from the star cast. It seems like Will Smith, who plays the lead role of Richard Williams, Saniyya Sidney, and Demi Singleton, have thoroughly enjoyed working on this special project.

Serena Williams’ message after watching the movie

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When Serena Williams first viewed the film, she sent out heartfelt messages. She said, “No word describes it better than surreal. Just to see these incredible actresses and everyone behind it just putting this all together about our dad’s journey but, because of myself and my sister, it really is like, ‘Wow, OK, really? Are we really something?’”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 30: Serena Williams of United States smiles during her Ladies Final match against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on day three of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at International Tennis Centre Zayed Sports City on December 30, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Furthermore, she added, “Then to have Will play this role as my father and the way he just embodied Richard Williams, it just took the whole film to a whole new level.”

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Serena was certainly impressed with the kind of efforts Will Smith has put in to make this biopic a masterpiece. ‘King Richard’ is releasing on the silver screen on November 19. Are you excited about the movie? Let us know!

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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