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Zendaya and Luca Guadagnino film ‘Challengers’ has a release date


Here at RUSSH we're pretty much convinced there is nothing Zendaya can't do. She has well and truly conquered the television world – if you missed episode four of Euphoria, do yourself a favour and watch her masterful performance. And now it seems the actress is looking for her next milestone, an Academy Award.

Pairing up alongside Oscar-nominated director, Call Me By Your Name’s Luca Guadagnino, the actress is taking on a new role in the film Challengers; a dramatic tennis themed romance. Filming for the production has just wrapped in Boston, and given the directors résumé, we can expect this to be a beautiful and rich storyline. Below, we're sharing all the details so far and what to expect of the film.

What is Challengers about?

Challengers follows Tashi, a tennis player turned coach, who turns her husband from a mediocre player into a world-famous grand slam champion. Tashi enters her husband in a "Challenger” event, a low-level tournament on the pro tour. There, he finds himself facing off against Patrick: his former best friend and Tashi’s former boyfriend. Expect a love triangle with a distinct queer undercurrent.

This looks to be a plot filled with love, loss, and likely betrayal, all what Guadagnino does so well. Zendaya will take the role as Tashi, while Mike Faist will play her husband, with Josh O’Connor from The Crown and Mothering Sunday completing the cast as Patrick. To complete the lineup of our dreams, Amy Pascal has signed on as producer. If her name sounds familiar it's because she is the force responsible for captivating dramas like The Post and Little Women, often referred to as Greta Gerwig's right hand women, which holds up as she's working on the forthcoming Barbie film, as well as the impending Madonna biopic.

What's more is that beloved designer Jonathan Anderson announced over Instagram that he would come onboard as costume designer for the film, ensuring that Challengers will be a fashion spectacle as well as a a cinematic masterpiece.

When will Challengers premiere?

The film has been slated for a US release date of 15 September 2023, a date likely chosen to align with this year's Venice Film Festival.

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