According to The Legend of Bagger Vance and Ali Will Smith is reported to be recording another sports film. Deadline reports that Oscar-nominated actor Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, is titled King Richard in an up-and-coming biopic.
The film about Williams' determination to become a tennis champion out of his two Compton-bred daughters is called a headline in his film. While Smith and Williams are both black men, critics say the role should turn into an actor with darker skin, with Idris Elba and Mahershala Ali being cited as examples of more appropriate choices.
Will Smith over the years
PASADENA, California – FEBRUARY 6: The actor Will Smith presents the stage during the 46th NAACP Image Awards of TV One at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 6, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)
Willard Carroll Will Smith Junior, an African-American actor, producer and rapper in his youth, who wore a large baseball cap, on July 31, 1996. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers / Gado / Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON – Pictured: (lr) Actor Will Smith during an interview with the innkeeper Jay Leno on October 15, 1990 – (Photo by: Joseph Del Valle / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Will Smith holds his Grammy Award on February 25 in New York. Smith won the best rap solo performance for & # 39; Men In Black & # 39 ;. (ELECTRONIC PICTURE) AFP PHOTO Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credits should read MATT CAMPBELL / AFP / Getty Images)
The actor / rapper Will Smith arrives in November in the film premiere "Enemy of the State" at the Walter Reade Theater in New York 18, 1999. (Photo by Diane Freed)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Actor and recording star Will Smith holds two of the three awards he received at the American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on January 11th and the winner is . Smith won prizes for the pop rock album, Soul, Rhythm & Blues, the Favorite Album and the Favorite Male Artist. AFP PHOTO Gerard Burkhart (Picture credits should be according to GERARD BURKHART / AFP / Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, UNITED STATES: US actor Will Smith (C) arrives with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith (L) and his son Am 59th Place at Beverly Hills Annual Golden Globe Awards, California, January 20, 2002. Smith is nominated for Best Actor Film Drama for his role in "Ali." AFP PHOTO / Lucy NICHOLSON (image credits should be LUCY NICHOLSON / AFP / Getty Images)
Will Smith on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at the NBC Studios in Burbank, California, USA. Friday, March 8, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Will Smith and his sons come to the premiere of & # 39; Spider Man & # 39; at the Mann Village in Westwood, California, on April 29, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter / ImageDirect
Best Male Performer Winner for & # 39; Ali & # 39 ;, Will Smith at the MTV Movie Awards 2002 at Shrine Theater in Los Angeles, California, held on June 1, 2002. (Photo by Kevin Winter / ImageDirect)  WESTWOOD, CA – JUNE 26: Actor Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett and his family attend the film premiere of "Men In Black II". at Mann Village and Bruin Theaters on June 26, 2002 in Westwood, California. "Men In Black II" will open in cinemas nationwide on 3 July 2002. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)
Will Smith on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at the NBC studios in Burbank, Ca. Thursday, June 27, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter / ImageDirect
SANTA MONICA, California – April 12: Will Smith during Nickelodeon's 16th Annual & # 39; Choice Awards & # 39; at Barker Hangar on April 12, 2003 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Robert Mora / Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES – MAY 7: Actor Will Smith (L) and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, attend the premiere of "The Matrix Reloaded" at the Village Theater on May 7, 2003 Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES – January 20: Actors Will Smith (L) and Ice Cube attend the premiere of MGM's "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" on January 20, 2004 in Los Angeles , California. (Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
CANNES, France: American actor Will Smith and American actress Angelina Jolie (R) ride on Carlton Hotel Beach on a promo float for their movie & # 39; Shark Tale & # 39; (14 May) ashore 2004 at the 57th Cannes Film Festival in the French city of Riveria. AFP PHOTO BORIS HORVAT (Photo credits should be BORIS HORVAT / AFP / Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI – JANUARY 12: Actor Will Smith is waiting at the Waialae Country Club during the Pro-Am at the Sony Open in December Tee 12, 2005 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Scott Halleran / Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 17: Will Smith (R) and his daughter Willow Smith hear testimony on "The next decade in the fight against human trafficking: Attacking the problem with" Hearing of the Committee on Proper Tools in the Hart Senate Office Building on July 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi / WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON – Episode 0001 – Pictured: (lr) Actor Will Smith with presenter Jimmy Fallon during the sketch & # 39; evolution of hip hop dancing & # 39; February 17, 2014 – (Photo: Lloyd Bishop / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) NEWARK, NJ – MARCH 28: Actor Will Smith (R) hands over his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, 2015 The Star Power Award "Black Girls Rock!" BET Special at the NJ Performing Arts Center on March 28, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo / FilmMagic)
Some have compared the casting reports with Zoë Saldana's portrayal of singer Nina Simone in the 2016 biopic Nina actress controversial dark make-up and a prosthetic nose. Others have addressed Scarlett Johansson, whose role in the Ghost in the Shell of 1945  triggered allegations of white-washing.
"Colorism matters," sports writer Clarence Hill Jr. said how important it is to cast an actor with Darker Skin to play 77-year-old Williams.
But not everyone agrees. The negative reactions were slammed by many Smith fans and movie enthusiasts who said critics should not argue about the exact shading of his skin.
Others pointed to Smith's upcoming role as a genius in Aladdin This has caused a stir, thanks to the star's blue tint for the film.
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