Venus and Serena Williams have signed on to Will Smith to play their father as they rave about the actor in new King Richard biopic: ‘He’s the real deal’
Venus and Serena Williams were heavily involved in the making of King Richard, and the cast list was no exception.
The pair recently revealed that they have signed on to play Will Smith as their father in the biopic which is receiving rave reviews.
“There are so many special moments in the film, but one of the highlights of seeing King Richard is Will Smith’s portrait of our father,” Venus, 41, told POPSUGAR in an interview.
Part of the process: Serena and Venus Williams have revealed they’ve signed on to play Will Smith as their father in King Richard, which receives rave reviews (seen in 2018)
She continued: “When he signed up for the role, we were definitely excited because he’s the real deal and he exceeded all expectations. He really did his part to understand our father and embody his spirit.”
The Williams sisters also gave a thumbs up to other actors who ended up being cast, including Saniyya Sidney, who played Venus, and Demi Singleton, the movie Serena.
Venus had some nice things to say about the young actresses who took on the task of playing her and her sister, 40.
‘The real deal’: Venus said she was thrilled when Smith said yes because he’s ‘the real deal’ (Photo November 2021)
Really embody their father: Venus also said the Smith took the time to “understand our father and embody his spirit”
“It means more to me than I can express,” she said. “It’s so inspiring to see the time, energy and heart that both Saniyya and Demi have put into mastering these roles. They both have incredible careers ahead of them, and for honoring our family as they did, I will be eternally grateful to you!”
King Richard is about the early years of the Williams family, when Venus and Serena’s father Richard did everything to make his children tennis stars, even writing a 78-page plan.
The film has received quite a few critical acclaim since its release, including earning 91% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and 98% from the audience.
Back to the beginning: King Richard focuses on the early years of the Williams family, when their and father went out of their way to make his children tennis stars (Venus and Serena in 1998)
Come a long way: Although she started in Compton, Serena Williams continued to rise. She posted this outside Audemars Piguet, a luxury watch company for which she is an ambassador
While it obviously made a big impression on people who saw it, the film’s box office numbers have gone out the door.
According to IMDbPro’s Box Office Mojo, the film had made less than $13 million in domestic theaters and just over $5 million internationally as of Thursday. The film had a budget of $50 million.
King Richard has a number of well-known actors, including Punisher actor Jon Bernthal, Ray Donovan star Liev Schreiber and Lovecraft Country actress Aunjanue Ellis.
Clearly a success: Whatever Richard did, it clearly worked, as both his girls have won multiple Grand Slam titles (2016 photo.)