Published: Thu, March 07, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Twitter critics: Will Smith's skin is too light for this biopic

Twitter critics: Will Smith's skin is too light for this biopic

In addition to being the tennis sisters' father, Richard also served as their coach, knowing nothing about the sport prior to their meteoric rise to fame.

He takes over the reins from the late Robin Williams.

For his next role, Will Smith is taking on one of tennis' most legendary coaches.

And according to a new report from Deadline, they have secured none other than Will Smith to play the role of Richard Williams.

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There is no director attached as of yet and Venus, 38, and Serena, 37, aren't among the producing team, which includes the "Suicide Squad" star and his Overbrook Entertainment banner.

Deadline is reporting that Oscar nominee Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness, Ali) is set to play Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, in Zach Baylin's spec script King Richard. Smith's representatives confirmed that the actor wants the story to become his next film. Smith will produce with Tim White and Trevor White, with Allan Mandelbaum and Caleeb Pinkett as executive producers. He started giving his daughters tennis lessons at public courts in Compton, Calif. He will be next be seen in Disney's Aladdin and is now filming "Bad Boys For Life" in which he reprises his role as Mike Lowery and will be reunited with Martin Lawrence. Serena was just a teenager when she won the US Open in 1999, and went on to win 23 Grand Slam titles.

Smith will next be seen in the live-action adaptation of Aladdin, playing the Genie, hitting theaters May 24. Yet the rumored casting seems to have touched a nerve - perhaps because darker-skinned black actors have had more difficulty snagging leading roles than lighter ones.

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