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What should be an easy match at a Challengers event hits an emotional nerve

When coach Tashi’s tennis pro husband, Art, has a crisis of confidence, she signs him up for a Challengers match. However, what should be an easy match takes an emotional turn as they discover his opponent is Tashi’s ex lover.

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What to know

Luca Guadagnino teams up with Zendaya for a sports comedy film

Challengers is an upcoming sports comedy film produced by Pascal Pictures. The film is directed by acclaimed Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, whose previous works include Call Me by Your Name, Suspiria, and Bones and All. Playwright and novelist Justin Kuritzkes pens the screenplay for Challengers in his first major feature project. Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, a frequent collaborator with Guadagnino, is the film’s principal cinematographer. Both Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross compose the film’s score, after they collaborated with Guadagnino on Bones and All (2022). 

Actor and singer Zendaya takes the lead role as Tashi Donaldson, an ex-pro tennis player turned coach for her husband. Her on-screen star tennis player husband, Art Donaldson, is portrayed by Mike Faist. Josh O’Connor (The Crown) plays Art’s opponent, and Tashi’s former lover, Patrick Zweig.

Production News

  • 2022-02-11
    •  It is announced that Luca Guadagnino will direct a new film called Challengers with Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist as the stars. (Source: Deadline
  • 2022-05-02
    • Production begins in Boston. (Source:
  • 2022-06-17
    • Director Luca Guadagnino confirms that Sayombhu Mukdeeprom will be the cinematographer on Challengers. (Source: MovieMaker Magazine
  • 2022-06-27
    •  Filming for Challengers wraps, and a release date is assigned: August 11, 2023. (Source: Twitter
  • 2022-10-27
    • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are confirmed to be composing the score for the film. (Source: Film Music Reporter)
  • 2023-03-18
    • AMC cinemas set a new release date for Challengers on their website: September 15, 2023. (Source:
  • 2023-07-21
    • It is announced that Challengers will no longer premiere at the Venice Film Festival due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike making it impossible for the lead actors to attend. The September 15, 2023 worldwide premiere date is also changed to April 26, 2024, with the hope that the strike will be resolved by then. (Source: Deadline)


Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport

Production country

United States


Luca Guadagnino


Tashi Duncan
Josh O'Connor
Patrick Zweig
Mike Faist
Art Donaldson
A.J. Lister
Lily Donaldson
Jake Jensen
Finn Larsen