Serena Williams Reveals the Reason Behind Making a Movie on Her Father

Published 11/08/2021, 11:00 AM EST
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)


‘King Richard’- the movie based on the life of Venus and Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams, will hit the screens on November 19, 2021. The fans are eagerly waiting for its release as Hollywood legend, Will Smith, is playing the role of Richard in the movie.

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Evidently, Venus and Serena wouldn’t have become such huge icons in tennis if not for their father’s sacrifices, vision, and support. Thus, to recognise his contribution, HBO is coming up with a much-awaited biopic.

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Serena Williams explains why she and her sister wanted a film on their father

In a recent interview to BBC Radio Live, Serena enunciated the reason for telling her father’s story to the world. She highlighted that they wanted it to reach the audience in the right manner. So instead of rushing the project, they waited for the right people to knock on their doors.

“We wanted it to be the told the right way,” began Serena in the interview. “When we got approached about the opportunity to tell the story, we were really nervous, obviously at first. Because we wanted to make sure we were doing it the right way.”

The 23x Grand Slam champion Serena and the 7x Champion Venus grew up in humble beginnings and it was just because of their parents that they made this far.

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Both the sisters wanted to become a part of the movie

In the same interview, Serena stated that she and Venus decided that if a movie will be made, the two will want to be a part of it. She also mentioned that both of them wanted the movie to depict their true story.

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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 in the semifinals at Wimbledon. (Photo by Paul Harris/Online USA)

“If it was going to be done, then we would want to be a part of it and really make sure that you know, we tell a great story when you have the emotional reaction. Honestly, tell a truth story what really happened to get us to this point,” added the 23-time Grand Slam winner.

Prior to this, Richard Williams’ book, Black and White, had already revealed his story in a great depth. But Will Smith portraying him will surely bring a totally unique touch to his inspiring tale.

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Fans are really excited about King Richard and have already shown a great response to both its trailers. Will it be able to break records on the box office?

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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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