Challengers

Challengers

(2024)

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Synopsis

Old rivalries, new competitions, one winner

Tennis coach Tashi Donaldson is a former tennis star who is now training her husband Art Donaldson in pursuit of a Grand Slam title. To bounce back after a streak of losses, Tashi enters Art into a Challengers event which is one of the lowest rungs of professional tennis. When Art realises that the man standing on the other end of the court is Tashi’s childhood best friend and ex-boyfriend Patrick, the rivalry becomes much bigger than the game on the court and the trio are confronting with the personal baggage from the past. 

What to know

Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino returns with tennis rom-com

Challengers is a romantic comedy sports movie. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, known for previous films Suspiria, Bones and All, and Academy Award for Best Picture nominee Call Me By Your Name. With a screenplay from novelist Justin Kuritzkes, and cinematography from frequent Guadagnino collaborator Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, the film also features music from acclaimed music duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Gone Girl, The Social Network). 

Primetime Emmy Award winner Zendaya (Euphoria) stars as Tashi Donaldson and also serves as producer. Grammy and Emmy Award winner Mike Faist plays Art Donaldson with Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Josh O’Connor (The Crown) co-starring as Patrick. 

Production News

  • 10 January 2022
    • MGM obtained the rights to Challengers and announced that the film will be directed by Luca Guadagnino with Zendaya, Josh O'Connor, and Mike Faist confirmed to star in it. (Source: Deadline)
  • 1 May 2022
    • Production on the film began in Boston. (Source: Collider)
  • 16 June 2022
    • Guadagnino confirmed that his frequent collaborator, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, will handle cinematography duties on Challengers. (Source: MovieMaker Magazine)
  • 26 June 2022
    • Production on Challengers concluded as an official US release date of August 11, 2023 was confirmed. (Source: Twitter)
  • 26 October 2022
    • The film’s score will be executed by the talented pairing of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. (Source: Film Music Reporter)
  • 10 May 2023
    • The Australian release date is pushed back, with Challengers now hitting cinemas on October 5th instead of September 14th. (Source: Flicks)
  • 21 July 2023
    • Due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, Challengers will no longer premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, with the film release date pushed back to April 2024. (Source: Variety)
  • 21 February 2024
    • A new trailer for Challengers is released, as Tashi Duncan (Zendaya) plays games on and off the tennis court. (Source: MGM)
  • 18 April 2024
    • Challengers premieres in Australia.

Rating

IMDB 7.4 (53k)

Genres

Romance, Drama, Sport

Runtime

2h 12min

Age rating

M

Production country

Italy, United States

Director

Luca Guadagnino

Cast

Zendaya
Tashi Donaldson
Mike Faist
Art Donaldson
Josh O'Connor
Patrick Zweig
Darnell Appling
Umpire (New Rochelle Final)
Nada Despotovich
Tashi's Mother
Chris Fowler
TV Sports Commentator (Atlanta 2019)
A.J. Lister
Lily
Doria Bramante
Woman With Headset (Atlanta 2019)
Christine Dye
Motel Front Desk Clerk
Kevin Collins
New Rochelle Parking Lot Guard
Burgess Byrd
USTA Official / Line Judge US Open Jr.
Jason Tong
Line Judge (New Rochelle Final)
Naheem Garcia
Tashi's Father
Jake Jensen
Finn Larsen
Hailey Gates
Helen (Patrick's Date)
Sam Xu
Art's Fan
Caleb Schneider
Puppeteer