Will Smith is hoping the upcoming flick ‘King Richard‘ is an awards contender, and this week, we’re getting our first real taste of the movie.
Warner Bros. dropped the first official trailer this week. The film, which is inspired by a true story, stars Smith as Richard Williams, an “undeterred father who was instrumental in raising Venus and Serena Williams (Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton), two of the best tennis players in the world.”
With a clear vision in his head, Williams creates a plan that moves his girls from the streets of Compton to the global stage as sports icons.
King Richard was directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and written by first time screenwriter Zach Baylin. Of note, he’s apparently also writing Creed III, so he’s obviously hot right now.
King Richard also stars Emmy nominee Aunjanue Ellis (HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’) as Brandy Williams, Richard’s wife and mother to Serena and Venus. She stars alongside Jon Bernthal (‘Baby Driver’), Tony Goldwyn (ABC’s ‘Scandal”’ and two-time Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott (ABC’s ‘The Practice’ and Netflix’s ‘Hollywood’).
The film is set to hit theaters (and HBO Max) on November 19, 2021. Check out the trailer below…
We all know Netflix is not afraid to spend money. They have dropped plenty of cash the past few years, and they show no signs of slowing down.
Their latest acquisition? A big action-thriller flick titled ‘Fast & Loose‘ which will star Will Smith. Filmmaker David Leitch is set to direct. He’s previously directed Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and John Wick.
Deadline first reported in February that the package was hitting the market with every major player involved in the bidding war. Netflix would eventually win rights and has taken its time in negotiating the deals.
The film follows a man who wakes up in Tijuana with no memories. As he pieces together his past, he learns he’s been living two lives, one as a crime kingpin and the other as an undercover CIA agent.
Sounds like a solid role for Smith. It’s easy to see how much fun he could have with this character.
It’ll be interesting to see the release strategy for this film. Will Smith still has a name that’s big enough to attract box office heat, so you’d think they’d want to give it a theatrical release.
But at the same time, they’ve spent lots of $$$ on big action flicks before and were firm in their streaming only release. They clearly make enough money without box office sales.
If you have kids, there is a decent chance you’ve heard of Jojo Siwa. The now 17-year-old YouTube personality first hit the scene on the reality show ‘Dance Moms‘
After appearing on two seasons of the show, Siwa went her own way and became extremely popular. She has over 11 million subscribers on YouTube and has a net worth of over $12 million.
And her bank account is going to get even bigger, thanks to Paramount Pictures and Will Smith. It was revealed this week that she will star in the movie adaptation of the book, Bounce.
Based on the book by Megan Shull, ‘Bounce’ is a heartwarming story about a teenage girl who wishes she could trade her family for a new one on Christmas Eve. Her wish is granted and she finds herself ‘bouncing’ into the lives of other girls and living Christmas Day on repeat — learning the value of family, finding your voice and the power of love.
Will Smith and James Lassiter will produce through their Overbrook Entertainment banner.
It’s a smart decision hiring someone like Siwa, who already has such a loyal following. They will no doubt watch anything she’s in.
No word on a potential release date, but we’ll keep you posted.
Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua are teaming up together for the thriller ‘Emancipation‘ this according to a report from Variety.
According to the report, Fuqua will direct the script, which is based on the true story of Peter, a runaway slave ” forced to outwit cold-blooded hunters and the punishing Louisiana swamp on a tortuous journey to the Union Army and his only chance at freedom.”
Smith will have the leading role in the movie, which is scheduled to start production in early 2021. Both Fuqua and Smith were in the middle of filming separate projects when the pandemic happened.
Fuqua was in post-production on Paramount’s action-thriller ‘Infinite‘ and Smith was in the middle of filming the tennis biopic, King Richard, for Warner Bros.
We’re assuming they will finish those projects before moving to this new film. I guess the plan is to restart the productions listed above sometime this fall/winter.
It must be difficult for an actor to pause a performance, you know? You’re in character. In the middle of filming, and then you’re forced to shut everything down for 4-5 months? How do you keep the character close to you?
I don’t know, but Smith is a legend, so we’re sure he has it figured out.
Filming has started on the upcoming tennis drama ‘King Richard‘ starring Will Smith. In the film, Smith plays Richard Williams, the father of tennis legends, Serena and Venus Williams.
Reinaldo Marcus Green is directing this flick, which is currently in production in Los Angeles.
According to a new report, there has been a late addition to the cast. Liev Schreiber will be joining the movie as tennis coach Paul Cohen, a noted instructor who worked with other tennis greats, including John McEnroe.
The script by Zach Baylin depicts the determination and fortitude of Williams, who trained his two daughters to play tennis, beginning on cracked courts in Compton, California, to later coaching them to Grand Slam wins and shaping them into two of the greatest players in the sport.
This film has the potential to earn Smith an Oscar nomination if they do it right. We all know he’s been chasing a win for a while now. This might be it.
King Richard will hit theaters on November 25, 2020.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are probably celebrating this Monday because they have produced another hit.
The comedy-action sequel ‘Bad Boys for Life‘ hit theaters this past weekend, and it earned an impressive $62.1 million over the weekend. If you include today, it’s earned over $70 million.
It was expected to earn around $40 to $45 million, so earning over $70 million has to spark some celebration.
Solid word of mouth from both audiences and critics (it landed an “A” CinemaScore from moviegoers and a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes) boosted ticket sales and justified Sony’s decision to revive a 25-year-old franchise. ‘Bad Boys for Life’ now holds the second-biggest opening ever for a January release (behind ‘American Sniper’ with $107 million), as well as Sony’s best start for an R-rated movie.
There is just something about that on-screen chemistry between Lawrence and Smith.
Meanwhile, Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘Dolittle‘ film failed miserably at the box office, making just over $20 million. Its budget was close to $200 million.
It’ll have to find extreme success overseas to make some money back.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence celebrated like kings last night in Hollywood during the premiere of their ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ film.
The premiere went down at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Martin and Will arrived to the premiere in a pretty balla’ car, and of course Will was the one driving. His character in the Bad Boys franchise is also clowning on Martin for his driving.
Martin’s entire family was there to support him during the premiere, and Will had his son’s Trey and Jaden.
But let’s get to the important stuff. What are the critics saying about this film? Well, the reactions have been mixed-to-mostly positive. It sits at a comfortable 77% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but there are a few, “Well, it’s not that bad” reviews counted.
Some critics complained that it was “tired” and was a “shoot-by-numbers affair” which is not exactly surprising. They’re going to stick with what made the previous films a success.
One interesting thing though is that people are really hyped on the ending, even those who didn’t like the film.
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As most of you probably know, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are teaming up again for the upcoming Bad Boys for Life film. The third installment in the franchise is set to hit theaters January 17, 2020.
Smith and Lawrence are returning as detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett who, along with Miami PD’s elite AMMO team, attempt to take down drug cartel chief Armando Armas.
The studio just released a new trailer for the movie, and it’s pretty intense. Heck, an f-bomb is even dropped.
This movie might not win any awards, but it at least looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.
It looks like the controversy surrounding ‘Joker‘ helped the film in a strange way. Everyone wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and it’s generating lots of $$$ at the box office.
In its second weekend, Joker took in a cool $55 million, which means it has a 10-day domestic total of $192.7 million. Globally, it has a ridiculous $543.9 million, setting itself up for a possible $1 billion haul.
The film worked with a budget of around $65 million, so it’s all profit for the studio.
Sadly, that’s not the case for Will Smith’s latest film, Gemini Man. The film opened to just $20 million this weekend, and that’s pretty terrible considering the $140 million budget.
A $20 million opening for the costly Gemini Man, which likely tops out at $50 million domestic, is awful. Even if it gets to $200 million worldwide, Paramount and its partners are looking at a major loss. What had been projected to gross around $30 million came in a third lower.
But hey, at least Gemini Man beat Jexi, which released nationwide this weekend and only made $3.1 million. The movie has a terrible 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Ouch.
We have grown accustomed to seeing Will Smith take on family-friendly, inspirational roles, but he’s about to change things up in the upcoming biopic, The Council.
In the movie, Smith will play American crime boss Nicky Barnes. Peter Landesman will write the script, which is significant because he also wrote Concussion. Smith earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his work in the film.
‘The Council’ “will tell the untold story of a crime syndicate consisting of the seven black men who ruled Harlem in the 1970s and early ’80s.”
It should be an interesting role for Smith to take on. As we said earlier, this is a bit of a detour in his career.
The Council will center on the syndicate’s head, Nicky Barnes, who was dubbed by the New York Times as ‘Mr. Untouchable.’ The film will focus on the Shakespearean court intrigue between Barnes and all the different members of the syndicate, as one unlikely rising protégé emerges.
No word on a release date, but we will keep you posted.