Will Smith’s Casting As Venus & Serena Williams’ Father In New Biopic Marred By Colorism Claims

The Playlist | 3/5/2019 | Charles Barfield
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There’s a new hot biopic in development about the lives of professional tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams. But surprisingly, instead of the young tennis players being the main characters of their own story, the lead appears to be Will Smith, who will play the girls’ father Richard Williams, according to Deadline. And people are not happy about it at all. However, probably not for the reasons you might think.

Normally, Will Smith attached to a film would be the cause of celebration. He’s not the best actor on the planet, obviously. Far from it. However, he’s a charismatic lead that is able to take any film that he’s part of and turn it into a blockbuster. So, if you’re a fan of the Williams Sisters, you would assume that Smith would be a great choice to play the ambitious, motivated (almost to a scary extent) patriarch of the family, Richard Williams, in the film, titled “King Richard.” However, there are some people online that are upset at the casting choice and crying foul.

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Just a quick glance at Twitter, and you’ll find many film fans, critics, and pundits criticizing the casting choice of Smith. People like Playlist contributor Valerie Complex, who simply tweeted, “colorism at work…”

For those not aware, what Complex...
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