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Will Smith's Turn as Famous Tennis Parent Richard Williams in 'King Richard' Generates Early Oscar Buzz

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Will the third time be the charm? That's what Will Smith fans are anxious to find out after rave reviews from the Telluride Film Festival following the debut of his latest effort their Thursday generated early Oscar buzz for the iconic musician turned actor.

In the movie, "King Richard," the two-time nominee portrays Richard Williams, the father and first coach of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams. A press release from Warner Brothers describes the flick as chronicling "the journey of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever."

Smith received Academy Awards nominations for his starring roles in two previous biopics, losing to  Denzel Washington ("Training Day")  in 2002 after being nominated for "Ali" and to Forrest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland") in 2007 when he got the nod for his work in "The Pursuit of Happyness."

The thespian, who has racked up five Grammys as a musician, may not be a lock to finally hear his name called on acting's biggest stage, but critics have already started pushing him as a frontrunner for best actor— including industry-standard Variety which said of the race for 2022's top award and Smith who it ranked as its No. 1 contender:

Twenty years after Will Smith lost his first Oscar nomination for “Ali” to Denzel Washington for “Training Day,” the two biggest celebrities could battle it out once again, at least based on the early word for “King Richard” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”

The movie premieres In Theaters and HBO Max on November 19, but for those seeking an early glimpse of what the buzz is all about watch the trailer below:

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