Here's Why Will Smith's Casting as Tennis Patriarch Richard Williams Is So Disappointing

POPSUGAR Entertainment | 3/5/2019 | Mekishana Pierre
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In a time where the media is celebrated for creating a wealth of diverse movies and TV shows, rightfully reprimanded for willful blunders, and reminded that there's still so much further to go to create more authentic representations onscreen, there are some situations where you have to wonder if anyone is actually getting it. Such is the case after Deadline reported that Will Smith is "poised" to play Richard Williams in King Richard, an upcoming biopic on the father and tennis coach of Venus and Serena Williams.

The film itself is based on a script by Zach Baylin and will center on Williams overcoming hardship, skepticism, controversy, and his own troubled past to teach his daughters to play tennis. He began instructing them when they were 4 years old on the tennis courts of Compton, CA, despite not having a background in the sport himself. As we all know, both Venus and Serena have gone on to become legendary tennis champions, winning 14 Grand Slam doubles championships together, along with all their individual wins. The film has all the makings of being truly amazing — aside from the fact that the first choice for a lead looks nothing like the focus of their film. The difference between Smith, a light-skinned black man, and Williams, a dark-skinned black man, is blatantly obvious and has drawn a wave of backlash from sports and film fans alike.

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Many of the critics calling foul on the casting have cited colorism as being the leading factor for Smith's involvement in the film. The reasoning echoes the controversies surrounding multiple films over the last few years, including the casting of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone in the 2016 film Nina, Dwayne Johnson's casting as folk hero John Henry in the upcoming Netflix film John Henry and the Statesmen,...
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