Zendaya sets the screen on fire in Luca Guadagnino‘s upcoming film “Challengers.” The highly anticipated movie, hitting theaters in September, delves into the world of tennis while weaving a twisted teenage love story that continues to entangle the characters well into adulthood.
In “Challengers,” Zendaya takes on the role of Tashi, a talented tennis player who finds herself entangled in a captivating love triangle with her fellow tennis stars, Art (Mike Faist) and Patrick (Josh O’Connor). Their teenage flirtation leads to a tangled web of emotions, but it’s not until they reach adulthood that the complexity of their relationships truly unfolds.
As grown men, Art and Patrick face off in a “Challenger” match, a tournament close to the lowest level of the pro circuit, and once again, their rivalry over Tashi reignites. This time, Art is married to Tashi, and Patrick is no longer part of their friendship group.
Luca Guadagnino, the mastermind behind this gripping drama, praised Zendaya‘s performance, saying, “She’s wonderful. I mean, wow. We edited the movie, and we almost actually don’t use any of her double. She’s so good.” The director’s words hint at the intensity and depth Zendaya brings to her character, making Tashi a force to be reckoned with both on and off the court.
MGM recently dropped the official trailer for “Challengers,” teasing audiences with a tantalizing display of “the art of seduction and other games.” In the clip, Zendaya‘s Tashi shines as a skilled and confident tennis player, captivating both Art and Patrick with her charm. The trailer introduces viewers to the teenage love triangle, where the sparks fly as Tashi’s allure enthralls both young men.
As the years pass, Patrick exits Tashi’s life, while Art and Tashi’s connection deepens. As adults, Tashi becomes a coach, guiding Art to become a champion. However, their past with Patrick continues to haunt them, as old feelings and rivalries resurface.
The tension escalates as Patrick teases Art, “I think maybe you’re disturbed by the fact that she could have been into someone like me,” setting the stage for a thrilling and emotional showdown on and off the tennis court.