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Will Smith plays Venus, Serena’s Dad in ‘King Richard’

From left, Demi Singleton, Will Smith, and Saniyya Sidney as Serena, Richard, and Venus Williams.

Playing the Williams sisters’ dad as a brash, stubborn control freak, Smith shows how, and why, two culture-shifting athletes came from humble roots.

Flash from the past: In his 2014 memoir Black and White: The Way I See It, Richard Williams — father of tennis legends Venus and Serena and a noted celebri-dad in his own right — tells the story of the lynching of his childhood best friend, a boy his age named Lil Man.

Richard Williams, father of the famous lawn tennis players with a clear vision and a brazen idea, 78-page plan, Richard decided to write his two daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Training on tennis courts in Compton, Calif., Richard shapes the girls’ unyielding commitment and keen intuition. Together, the Williams family defies seemingly insurmountable odds and the prevailing expectations laid before them.