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Will Smith in 'finals talks' to portray Williams sisters’ father despite being 'too light-skinned'

Will Smith in 'finals talks' to portray Williams sisters’ father despite being 'too light-skinned'
Hollywood star Will Smith is reportedly in final talks with Warner Bros. to play Richard Williams, the father of tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams in a biopic, despite critics saying he is “too light-skinned” for the part.

Warner Bros. is reportedly in the final negotiations to acquire “King Richard,” a sports drama which centers on the life of Richard Williams, who was forced to overcome hardship to start training his daughters despite not having any background in tennis.

Based on a script by Zach Baylin, the movie concentrates on the sisters’ father rather than on the world famous tennis players who have won 30 Grand Slams between them.

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It focuses on Williams’ attempts to coach his daughters to the pinnacle of tennis, starting with him bringing the young Venus and younger sibling Serena to the courts of Compton, California.

However, the news of Smith's selection for the role immediately drew a backlash after the 50-year-old Oscar-nominated actor, who starred in the Men in Black film series, was deemed by critics as unsuitable because his skin tone is several shades lighter than Richard Williams.

Smith, who earned his first Oscar nomination for his role as boxing great Muhammad Ali in another sporting biopic, has not yet commented on the comments surrounding the role nor has he officially confirmed his participation in the movie.

In 2016, he and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, joined the #OscarsSoWhite movement and boycotted the Academy Awards after black actors were left out of Oscar nominations in four acting categories for the second consecutive awards ceremony.

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