‘King Richard’: Will Smith’s Drama About Williams Sisters’ Father Is His First Pairing With a Black Director

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has tapped relative newcomer Reinaldo Marcus Green to direct Will Smith in “King Richard,” based on a spec script by Zach Baylin, which centers on Richard Williams, the tenacious father of professional tennis royalty Venus and Serena Williams.Smith is of course playing Williams in the film, which will mark Green’s first studio effort, after making his feature directorial debut with “Monsters and Men,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2018, where it picked up a Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature.

It was picked up by distributor Neon, and released in the fall of the same year.Green’s attachment is significant because it will mark the first time in Will Smith’s lengthy acting career that he will star in a feature film directed by a black filmmaker; it’s a notable milestone, especially for an industry that has long had a

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