The film, which opens this week in the United States, focuses on a third character in addition to the two sisters, their father, coach and manager, Richard Williams, and his character is embodied by actor Will Smith, a role that some expect to win an Oscar for the first time.
Will Smith “fell in love with Richard Williams” for a long time, when he saw him come to the rescue of his daughter Venus, who was not more than fourteen during an interview he was giving to a journalist who was very persistent in his questions. In an online press conference, the actor explained that “the image of Venus’ facial expressions (that day)… is engraved” in his heart.
“I knew I wanted to show the world a father who would protect his daughter in this way,” added Will Smith, who is also the producer of this feature film from Warren Brothers. The film not only highlights the sporting achievements of the two Williams sisters, but also focuses on the aspect of how this unified and unusual family managed to set out from a poor neighborhood inhabited by a majority of blacks to reach glory and fame.
Richard Williams, for example, developed a 78-page plan, even before the birth of his two daughters, that included the foundations for making Serena and Venus later the best players in the world.