Will Smith coaches young Venus, Serena Williams in 'King Richard' trailer

Will Smith plays Richard Williams in King Richard. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Will Smith plays Richard Williams in "King Richard." File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

July 28 (UPI) -- Warner Bros. released the trailer for King Richard on Wednesday. The Will Smith film premieres Nov. 19 in theaters and on HBO Max.

Smith plays Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. The trailer shows Richard pushing his girls to practice in the rain and pushing recruiters to give them a chance.


The trailer also shows a social worker questioning the way the Williams' live. Richard retorts that he's keeping his children off the street and guiding them to productive careers.

Saniyya Sidney plays young Venus and Demi Singleton plays young Serena. Aunjanue Ellis plays their mother, Brandi.

Jon Bernthal and Tony Goldwyn play coaches. Reinaldo Marcus Green directs. Zach Baylin wrote the screenplay.

King Richard was originally scheduled for release Nov. 25, 2020. Warner Bros. moved it an entire year as it re-slated its entire lineup due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Subsequent to the new release date, Warner Bros. announced all of its 2021 films would premiere day and date in theaters and on its HBO Max streaming service.


Moments from Serena Williams' career

Serena Williams returns the ball to her sister, Venus, during their match at the Lipton Tennis Championship in Key Biscayne, Fla., on March 28, 1998. Venus Williams, defeated her sister 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Photo by Susan Knowles/UPI | License Photo

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