Will Smith and tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly


Will Smith and tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams looked great on the cover of the December edition of Entertainment Weekly. 

While promoting their highly-anticipated film, King Richard, which comes out on November 19, the trio posed for a stunning portrait all together. 

Smith plays Venus and Serena’s late father Richard Williams in the bio movie. 

Power trio: Will Smith and Venus and Serena Williams looked great on the cover of the December edition of Entertainment Weekly

Power trio: Will Smith and Venus and Serena Williams looked great on the cover of the December edition of Entertainment Weekly 

The synopsis for the film reads: ‘Venus and Serena Williams came from an unlikely background to dominate the world of tennis. Taking a look at these tennis superstars and how they became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.’

While the two-time Oscar nominee wore a burgundy leather jacket and a pair of coordinating slacks, the sisters both stunned in skintight dresses. 

The legendary athletes rocked black and white striped garments with sexy cutouts, which highlighted their stunning curves.   

Serena, who has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, styled her voluminous natural curls in beautiful waves, while Venus opted for a sleek and straight hairstyle.

Both the women smiled brightly as Smith, 53, stood next to them as he placed a hand gently on 41-year-old Venus’s left shoulder. 

Driven to the role: Smith felt called to portray the Williams patriarch as he reminded him 'a lot of' his own father; seen in 2019

Driven to the role: Smith felt called to portray the Williams patriarch as he reminded him ‘a lot of’ his own father; seen in 2019

During their interview, the siblings discussed what drew them to the project and how they became role models as inspiring, powerful woman. 

Saniyya Sidney, who portrays Venus in the movie, credited the tennis players for opening up doors for her and other young Black girls.

‘You can be Black and beautiful and be in movies,’ she noted of what she learned watching the Williams. ‘Start your own business, be a young mom and still have your own empire.’

Record breaker: Serena, 40, recalled a powerful scene, in which Smith, who portrays her late dad Richard, says: 'You're doing this for every Black girl'

Record breaker: Serena, 40, recalled a powerful scene, in which Smith, who portrays her late dad Richard, says: ‘You’re doing this for every Black girl’

For Serena, 40, she pointed to a scene, in which Smith, who portrays her late father Richard, says: ‘You’re doing this for every Black girl.’ 

‘That really hit me in a different way because obviously at the time we didn’t know,’ the mother-of-one stated.  

Smith felt called to portray the Williams patriarch as he reminded him ‘a lot of’ his own father.

Older sibling: Among the sweetest moments during their sit-down interview, Serena said: 'There would be no Serena if there wasn't a Venus. She was my hero and she still is my hero (Venus seen in June)

Older sibling: Among the sweetest moments during their sit-down interview, Serena said: ‘There would be no Serena if there wasn’t a Venus. She was my hero and she still is my hero (Venus seen in June)

‘It was that same generation — men that used to fix everything with their hands. I understood what it was like to live at the edge of survival and to try to sustain a dream,’ the actor told ET. 

The dad-of-three also described Richard as ‘one of the most misunderstood people during that time.’

‘He was so far ahead in terms of the balance between pushing and protecting, [and] had a savant-level comprehension of when those moments were,’ Smith said of Richard always recording their coaching sessions on a camcorder. 

Among the sweetest moments during their sit-down interview, Serena said: ‘There would be no Serena if there wasn’t a Venus. She was my hero and she still is my hero. She’ll do something and I’m like, “I’m doing that too.”‘ 

Legendary: Serena has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles over her career; pictured in June

Legendary: Serena has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles over her career; pictured in June

King Richard is based on the true story of Richard Williams, who, with little tennis experience, decided to raise his daughters to become tennis champions. 

‘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 as legendary icons,’ a press release from Warner Bros teased. 

Adding: ‘The profoundly moving film shows the power of family, perseverance and unwavering belief as a means to achieve the impossible and impact the world.’ 

Based on the Williams' sisters: King Richard is based on the true story of Richard Williams, who, with little tennis experience, decided to raise his daughters to become tennis champions

Based on the Williams’ sisters: King Richard is based on the true story of Richard Williams, who, with little tennis experience, decided to raise his daughters to become tennis champions 

'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 as legendary icons,' reads a press release from Warner Bros

‘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 as legendary icons,’ reads a press release from Warner Bros 

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