After months of waiting for any new release since the official trailer for the upcoming romantic sports comedy-drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino dropped more than 6 months ago, the fans can finally get even more excited! The new eye-catching poster for the film, which is written by Justin Kuritzkes, has finally been unveiled by the one and only talented and charismatic actress, Zendaya, on Instagram with 184 million followers.
The 27-year-old actress stars alongside Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist, which has been implied in the first official poster, as it brings the Challengers cast together in a unique way, leaving fans spellbound and on the edge of their seats in anticipation of what promises to be a rather surprising watch as the plot of the film follows a Grand Slam tennis champion who signs up to compete in a challenger event against the former lover of his wife and coach.
The post shared by ‘Euphoria’ lead actress has accumulated more than 2 million likes and hints at the plot in a rather subtle way, as Zendaya, who will portray Tashi Duncan, can be seen lurking through her sunglasses at Josh O’Connor (Patrick) and Mike Faist (Art Donaldson), both of them being reflected back on her lenses, highlighting the potential love triangle as the teaser also emphasizes the art of seduction and other games being a crucial part of the story.
Additionally, the caption confirms that Challengers is scheduled to be released in the United States on Friday, April 26, 2024, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer through Amazon MGM Studios. Take a look at the post, which simply states, ‘Challengers April 26th. Wishing you all the most beautiful new year✨”
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Many of the comments on the post express how excited her followers are about the poster and the movie’s forthcoming release in a few months. One Instagram user left a comment stating, “FINALLY! A movie poster that is different from the regular floating head posters.” A second user wrote, “2024 aka the year of zendaya” A third one commented, “yes bring back good movie posters” A fourth user commented, “CAN’T WAIT FOR CHALLENGERS” A fifth one stated, “watching it on premiere day!!”
The principal photography of the film began on May 3, 2022, in Boston, and the filming wrapped on June 26, 2022. In addition to this, the official plot synopsis of Challengers reads:
“Tennis player turned coach Tashi (Zendaya) 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 pro tournament — where he finds himself standing across the net from his former best friend and Tashi’s former boyfriend (Josh O’Connor).”
Apart from Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist, the film also stars Jake Jensen in an undisclosed role. Justin Kuritzkes wrote the screenplay for the film, which is being produced by Amy Pascal, Guadagnino, Zendaya, and Rachel O’Connor. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross did the music for the film. While Warner Bros. Pictures serves as the film’s international distributor, the film will not receive a theatrical release in France and will instead stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Check out the official trailer below: