“Director Luca Guadagnino Presents a Gripping Love Triangle Starring Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist”
Challengers’ Trailer: Zendaya stars in a new movie called “Challengers,” directed by Luca Guadagnino. The movie’s first trailer was released on Tuesday, and it shows Zendaya playing the role of a former tennis prodigy who is now a coach. The movie is set to be released in theaters on September 15th and looks to have an intense and passionate storyline.
Zendaya portrays the character Tashi Duncan in the romantic sports drama. Tashi becomes the focal point of a complicated love triangle that extends beyond the tennis court. She is married to a renowned champion, portrayed by Mike Faist, who is currently experiencing a series of defeats.
In an attempt to help him overcome his difficulties, Tashi arranges a tennis match between him and Patrick, a former skilled player who is now past his prime. Interestingly, Patrick happens to be Tashi’s husband’s former close friend and Tashi’s previous romantic partner.
“At one point in the trailer, Patrick tells Tashi, ‘I’m playing for both of us,'” which leaves Zendaya’s character contemplating how far she is willing to go to win. The story revolves around three players who were acquainted in their teenage years and now face off against each other as adults, competing to determine the ultimate victor.
Guadagnino, the director of the film, has previously helmed the cannibal drama Bones and All, featuring Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell. He is also known for directing Call Me by Your Name, which starred Timothée Chalamet alongside Armie Hammer.
In addition to her role in Euphoria, Zendaya has also appeared in Spider-Man: No Way Home and Dune. O’Connor garnered an Emmy award for his portrayal of Prince Charles in the popular Netflix series The Crown. Faist received attention for his performance as Riff in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story.
Challengers, the tennis-themed film, is a collaboration between Amy Pascal and her production company Pascal Pictures, as well as Guadagnino and Zendaya. The screenplay, written by Justin Kuritzkes, a playwright, singer, and author, gained recognition by being included in the 2021 Black List, which highlights outstanding unproduced scripts in Hollywood.