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Challengers Movie Details:

Country United States
Language English
GenreSports, Comedy, Romance
Release DateApril 26, 2024
Running TimeTBA
Age ratingR
CastZendaya
Josh O’Connor
Mike Faist
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
Written byJustin Kuritzkes
Produced byLuca Guadagnino
Rachel O’Connor
Amy Pascal
Zendaya
Cinematography by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Edited by Marco Costa
Music byTrent Reznor
Atticus Ross
Production CompaniesMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Pascal Pictures
Distributor Amazon MGM Studios (United States)
Warner Bros. Pictures (International)

Challengers Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Zendaya as Tashi Duncan
  • Josh O’Connor as Patrick
  • Mike Faist as Art Donaldson
  • Jake Jensen as Finn Larsen
  • Andre Gadbois as Tennis Pro
  • Faith Fay as Spectator
  • Heidi Garza as Stanford University Profesor
  • A.J. Lister as Lily
  • Shane T Harris as Andrew
  • Keanu Ham as Asian Cook
  • Dettric Jones as Spectator
  • Charles Massey as Tennis spectator

Storyline:

The story follows tennis player turned coach Tashi Duncan (Zendaya) who has taken her husband, Art (Mike Faist), and transformed him into a world-famous grand slam champion. To jolt him out of his recent losing streak, she makes him play a “Challenger” event — close to the lowest level of the pro tournament — where he finds himself standing across the net from his former best friend and Tashi’s former boyfriend (Josh O’Connor).

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About Challengers Movie:

Challengers is an upcoming American romantic sports comedy-drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by Justin Kuritzkes. The film stars Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist.

It was announced in February 2022 that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had landed the film, which Luca Guadagnino directed and Zendaya, Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist cast to star. Zendaya also served as a producer on the film. In a 2022 interview with Collider, Guadagnino cited Kuritzkes’ screenplay, Amy Pascal, and Zendaya as inspirations for making the film.

Principal photography began on May 3, 2022, in Boston, where a casting call took place for local residents to audition to play tennis players, general extras, and stand-ins. In preparation for her role, Zendaya spent three months training with pro-tennis player-turned-coach Brad Gilbert. Gilbert was also a consultant on the film.

Filming occurred in and around the Back Bay and East Boston neighborhoods. Sayombhu Mukdeeprom served as cinematographer. Jonathan Anderson, creative director of Spanish luxury brand Loewe, served as costume designer. Filming wrapped on June 26, 2022.

Guadagnino visited Zendaya on the set of Dune: Part Two in order to complete ADR for Challengers. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross composed the film’s score, having previously worked with Guadagnino on 2022’s Bones and All. Post-production was completed by April 2023.

A trailer was released on June 20, 2023. Zendaya revealed the film’s poster on her Instagram at the new year 2024 along with its release date. She called the film “Codependency: The Movie” and O’Connor compared it to the 2007 comedy Superbad.

Challengers is scheduled to be released in the United States on April 26, 2024.

Previously set to be released on September 15, 2023, and before that on August 11, 2023, the film was also scheduled to have its world premiere as the opening film of the 80th Venice International Film Festival but was delayed and pulled out from the festival by Amazon MGM Studios due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike at the time.

Warner Bros. Pictures serves as the film’s international distributor. Although the film was initially set for a direct-to-streaming release on Amazon Prime Video in France instead of a theatrical release, the decision was reversed in January 2024, meaning the film would start streaming on the service 17 months after its initial theatrical release. While it was rumored the film would be released on April 24, 2024, two days before its release in the United States, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. Discovery denied this, stating the film had not been dated for a French theatrical release yet.


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