“Challengers”: Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist Shine in Luca Guadagnino’s Captivating Tennis Romance
“Love” holds a different meaning in the world of tennis, yet its emotional weight is palpable in the upcoming sports drama, Challengers. The film features an exceptional cast including Zendaya, Josh O’Connor from The Crown, and Mike Faist from West Side Story, and has just released its captivating first trailer.
Renowned filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, known for his work on Call Me By Your Name, collaborates with first-time screenwriter Justin Kuritzkes to narrate the tale of Tashi Donaldson (Zendaya), a once-promising tennis prodigy. Tashi’s journey on the circuit introduces her to two intriguing men: Art (Faist) and Patrick (O’Connor), fellow professionals whose relationship becomes both invigorated and complicated when Tashi enters the picture. In a poignant moment captured in the new trailer, Patrick tells Art, “It’s nice to see you lit up about something—even if it is my girlfriend.” The evocative footage, set to Rihanna’s “S&M,” offers a glimpse into the complex dynamics that unfold.
Challengers promises to be a gripping exploration of love, ambition, and the intricate connections that form on and off the tennis court. With an outstanding cast and the creative vision of Guadagnino, this romantic drama is set to captivate audiences when it hits the screen.