IndieWire | Tambay Obenson
The story of legendary tennis champ Arthur Ashe, the first African-American player to be selected to the U.S. Davis Cup team and to win three Grand Slam singles titles, is heading to the big screen, with full support of the Arthur Ashe Estate.
Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment Group and Warner Music Group (WMG) have partnered to adapt the story of the Wimbledon tennis champion and civil rights activist, with Academy Award winner Kevin Willmott (“BlacKkKlansman,” “Da 5 Bloods”) penning the screenplay.
The biopic follows the sporting story of the African American tennis icon who defied all odds, from the public courts in Richmond, Virginia, to becoming the only black man to win Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open, and was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1968 — one of the most charged eras in American history as the nation struggled with the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., anti-Vietnam protests, and the civil rights movement — before he retired in 1980. Read more