Will Smith is back in the awards race with “King Richard,” a drama directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green that tells the story of a young Venus and Serena Williams and how their relationship with their father and coach (played by Smith) shaped their efforts. The film has drawn early positive notice from critics and is poised to be a player in the upcoming awards race, but now that it’s available to the masses you may be wondering how, exactly, to watch it. Is it streaming? Is it in theaters? All your questions answered below.
When Does “King Richard” Come Out?
“King Richard” was released on Nov. 19 following its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in September.
Is “King Richard” Streaming?
Yes, “King Richard” is streaming on HBO Max on Nov. 19 as part of Warner Bros.’ strategy to release its entire 2021 film slate on HBO Max and in theaters on the same day. However, “King Richard” is only streaming for 31 days on HBO Max, and is only available to those who subscribe to the ad-free plan for $14.99 a month.
Is “King Richard” in Theaters?
Yes, “King Richard” is playing in theaters starting Nov. 19. After the film’s brief 31-day HBO Max run, the only way to see the film until its home video release will be in theaters.
What Is “King Richard” About?
Written by Zach Baylin, the film follows the journey of Richard Williams and how instrumental he was in shaping the lives and talents of young Venus and Serena Williams. Richard enacts a plan that sets his daughters up for success on the global stage.
Who Is in the “King Richard” Cast?
The cast of “King Richard” is as follows:
- Will Smith as Richard Williams
- Aunjanue Ellis as Oracene “Brandy” Price
- Saniyya Sidney as Venus Williams
- Demi Singleton as Serena Williams
- Tony Goldwyn as Paul Cohen
- Jon Bernthal as Rick Macci
- Dylan McDermott as Will Hodges
- Andy Bean as Laird Stabler
- Kevin Dunn as Vic Braden