Will Smith In Talks To Play The Williams Sisters’ Dad-Slash-Coach In New Biopic

The next life to be honoured with a sick biopic is Richard Williams, the papa of tennis champ Serena Williams, and Deadline reports that Will Smith is in talks to nab the lead role.

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The movie script for King Richard has yet to be sold but given the success of recent biopics, Bohemian Rhapsody being a primary example, I reckon they’re in with a shot, especially if Smith signs on.

King Richard will center around the 77-year-old and how he “overcame tremendous hardship, skepticism and his own troubled past” to coach his daughters to tennis fame, the publication reveals.

Possessing no tennis background himself, Williams wrote up a 78-page plan to propel his daughters into the world of tennis.

He started giving them lessons when they were just four-years-old and is largely credited with helping them become the most famous tennis players in history.

Serena has won an epic 23 Grand Slam tournaments, and Venus has won seven and both sisters are perhaps the best known tennis players on the planet.

“It all started with an idea,” Serena once said via NBC Sports. “It was his idea. It’s changed sports. It’s changed history.”

“He’s been the most important person in my career,” she added.

The report follows news that Smith has pulled out of the sequel of DC gang flick Suicide Squad, which is set to hit cinemas in 2021.

Smith’s next big role is the highly anticipated live-action Disney flick Aladdin which comes out on May 23, 2019.