King Richard (2021)
Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green Run Time: 138 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2021
Starring: Aunjanue Ellis, Demi Singleton, Jon Bernthal, Saniyya Sidney, Will Smith
Country: United States
About the film:
Premiered at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival. Based on the true story of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time.
Driven by a clear vision of their future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage. The profoundly moving film shows the power of family, perseverance and unwavering belief as a means to achieve the impossible and impact the world.
Reinaldo Marcus Green’s King Richard received 6 nominations at the 94th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor for Will Smith.
About the filmmaker:
New York native Reinaldo Marcus Green is a writer, director, and producer of underrepresented stories. A graduate of NYU Tisch Graduate Film School, he was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2015 after the success of his short films Stone Cars and Stop. His debut narrative feature Monsters and Men received the Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and his follow-up Joe Bell had its world premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival.
With his compassionate handling of complex stories, Green was the perfect director to helm Will Smith’s passion project, King Richard. Read more from the director here.See our upcoming films