Challengers is an upcoming American romantic sports comedy-drama film. It is directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by Justin Kuritzkes.
Tashi, a former tennis player who transitioned into coaching, successfully guided her husband’s journey from an average player to a globally recognized grand slam champion. Moreover, to break his current string of losses, she encourages him to participate in a challenger event, one of the lower-tier tournaments on the professional tour. The plot thickens as he faces off against Patrick, a once-promising player who has now succumbed to burnout and happens to be Tashi’s former boyfriend and his former best friend.
After a series of defeats, the spouse and coach of a Grand Slam titleholder enrolls him in a Challenger competition. In addition, setting the stage for a confrontation with her past romantic partner.
- Zendaya as Tashi Donaldson
- Mike Faist as Art Donaldson
- Josh O’Connor as Patrick Zweig
- Jake Jensen as Finn Larsen
- A. J. Lister as Lily
In February 2022, it was revealed that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had acquired the rights to the film. Additionally, the movie, directed by Luca Guadagnino, features Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist in lead roles. Notably, Zendaya took on the additional role of a producer for the project. During a 2022 interview with Collider, Guadagnino mentioned the influence of Kuritzkes’ screenplay, along with inspirations from Amy Pascal and Zendaya, on the filmmaking process.
The movie was filmed from May 3 to June 26, 2022, in Boston, Massachusetts. Additionally, principal photography commenced on May 3, 2022, in Boston, featuring a casting call for residents to try out for roles as tennis players, general extras, and stand-ins. In addition, Zendaya dedicated three months to training with Brad Gilbert, a former professional tennis player turned coach, to prepare for her role. Moreover, the filming locations included the Back Bay and East Boston neighborhoods. The cinematography was handled by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, while Jonathan Anderson, the creative director of the Spanish luxury brand Loewe, contributed as the costume designer. The filming concluded on June 26, 2022.
Challengers Release date
Challengers will be released in the United States on April 26, 2024. The movie was initially scheduled for September 15, 2023, and later rescheduled to August 11, 2023, to premiere globally as the opening feature at the 80th Venice International Film Festival. However, due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, Amazon MGM Studios, the film’s distributor, withdrew it from the festival, leading to delays. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling the film’s international distribution.
Originally intended for a direct-to-streaming release on Amazon Prime Video in France, the decision was reversed in January 2024. This change means that the film will now be available for streaming on the service 17 months after its initial theatrical release, rather than opting for an exclusive digital release. Despite rumors suggesting an April 24, 2024 release in France, two days before the U.S. release, a representative from Warner Bros. Furthermore, discovery refuted this claim, asserting that the film’s French theatrical release date had not been finalized.
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FAQ About Challenger
What is Challengers about?
It is an upcoming American romantic sports comedy-drama film centered around a Grand Slam tennis tournament. Moreover, it follows three players, Tashi, Ari, and David, who were childhood friends and teenage rivals, as their paths converge again on the professional circuit. Additionally, the film explores themes of ambition, love, betrayal, and second chances, all set against the backdrop of the high-stakes world of professional tennis.
Who stars in Challengers?
The film boasts a talented cast led by:
- Zendaya as Tashi, a former tennis prodigy turned coach who is married to Ari.
- Josh O’Connor as Ari, a once-dominant champion struggling with a losing streak.
- Mike Faist as David, Tashi’s former boyfriend and Ari’s childhood best friend, who re-enters their lives and disrupts the dynamic.
Who wrote and directed Challengers?
The film is written by Justin Kuritzkes and directed by Luca Guadagnino. Known for his acclaimed films like “Call Me by Your Name” and “Suspiria.”
When will Challengers be released?
Challengers is scheduled to hit theaters on April 26, 2024.
Is there a trailer for Challengers?
Yes, the official trailer for Challengers was released on December 12, 2023. You can watch it here:
What is the tone of Challengers?
Challengers are described as a blend of genres, combining the intensity of a sports drama with the humor and romance of a rom-com. It promises to be a thrilling and emotionally charged ride, with plenty of on-court action and off-court drama.
Is Challengers based on a true story?
No, Challengers is not based on a true story. However, it draws inspiration from the world of professional tennis and the complex relationships that can form between players, coaches, and loved ones.