Is Will Smith Too Light-Skinned To Play Richard Williams? Twitter Debates

Is Will Smith Too Light-Skinned To Play Richard Williams? Twitter Debates

Will Smith is slated to play the father of legendary tennis players Serena and Venus Williams in an upcoming biopic about his life.

The movie's script, written by Zach Baylin, was noted as a runner-up on the 2018 Black List, which rounds up the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood.

Tim and Trevor White will bankroll the project under the banner of Star Thrower Entertainment, while Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment company will co-produce the film.

It's an unbelievable story, as Richard Williams tutelage and his daughters' incredible skill and hard work resulted in Venus and Serena Williams being two of the best tennis players of all time. Williams, who has no formal training in the sport, pulled his girls from a tennis academy and he would go on to teach his daughter's tennis. While raising his family in Compton, California, Williams drafted a 78-page plan for his daughters' professional careers as tennis players, reports Deadline. The casting is receiving flak mainly because of Will's appearance being much different from Richard Williams, thus making fans question if there is a dearth of actors with a darker shade and why have they been passed off this opportunity.

Serena won the U.S. Open in 1999, with Venus winning Wimbledon in 2000, the latter of which also making headlines for Richard shouting "Straight Outta Compton" and jumping over the NBC booth.

Smith will next be seen in Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin which is scheduled for release on March 24.

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