Zendaya aces a high-stakes game in ‘Challengers’: A steamy love triangle in the world of tennis

Slated for a September 15, 2023 release, ‘Challengers’ is a gripping drama that has the audience on tenterhooks, right from the first serve. The trailer showcases a riveting love triangle on the tennis court, starring Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist, directed by Luca Guadagnino, and penned by Justin Kuritzkes.

Zendaya plays Tashi Donaldson, a once-promising tennis prodigy who is sidelined by an injury and later becomes a coach for Art, played by Faist. The dynamic changes when Patrick, portrayed by O’Connor, enters the frame. The trailer, set to Rihanna’s “S&M,” hints at the simmering tensions and old rivalries reignited both on and off the court.

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The film follows these three characters from their teenage years to a high-stakes tennis tournament. The trailer hints at a complicated love affair between Art and Patrick, with Tashi caught in the middle. The director calls the film’s central characters “beautifully complex and really messed-up people,” adding to the drama’s intensity.

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‘Challengers’ not only boasts a high-profile cast but also a seasoned team behind the scenes. Amy Pascal (Little Women, The Post) produces alongside Guadagnino and Zendaya, and the film’s score is composed by Oscar-winning Nine Inch Nails duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

The vibrant energy and emotional complexity teased in the trailer promise a compelling watch. Prepare to be served a movie that’s set to be a grand slam.

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