Will Smith in 'finals talks' to portray Williams sisters’ father despite being 'too light-skinned'
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.Also on rt.com Will Smith ‘not black enough’ for role as father of Williams tennis sisters in new biopic
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.
Why couldn’t they get someone like Idris Alba to play Venus’ and Serena’s dad in the upcoming movie?— Uncomplet_d (@TrillaKilla007) March 5, 2019
Why are they whitewashing the dad with Will Smith. 🌚 colourism is constantly subconsciously fed to us and we just eat it up...
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.