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A love triangle meets on the tennis court

Tashi Donaldson, a tennis star turned coach is training her husband, Art Donaldson to become a Grand Slam champion When he hits an unrelenting losing streak, Tashi enters him into the Challengers event of a pro tour, one of the lowest ranks of the professional game. But confidence turns to caution when Art sees who he is drawn against. Standing across the court is Patrick, Donald’s childhood best friend, and Tashi’s ex. The two are set for a showdown on the court, carrying their respective baggage. But it is off of the court where the questions really need answering.

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What to know

Bones and All director Luca Guadagnino picks Zendaya to lead this tennis drama 

Challengers is an upcoming sports comedy drama movie directed by acclaimed Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. Noted for his works, Call Me by Your Name, Suspiria, and Bones and All, Guadagnino is a renowned director. Challengers follows a screenplay written by playwright and novelist, Justin Kuritzkes who is taking on his first major picture. Providing some continuity in the camera department is Thai cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom who is a frequent collaborator with the director. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross provide the score for this sports romance.

Starring in the movie is the American singer and actress Zendaya in the lead role as Tashi Donaldson, the ex-pro turned tennis coach for her husband. The actress spent three months training for the film and also serves as a producer on the project. She is joined onscreen by Mike Faist as Art Donaldson, her husband who is on an unrelenting losing streak. Josh O’Connor, known for his role as a young Prince Charles in The Crown features as Patrick Zweig, the third party in this complicated triangle.

Production News

  • 2022-02-11
    • MGM acquired the rights to Challengers. The movie is announced to be directed by Luca Guadagnino with Zendaya, Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist attached to star. (Source: Deadline)
  • 2022-05-02
    • Production began in Boston. (Source: Collider)
  • 2022-06-17
    • Director Luca Guadagnino confirmed that Sayombhu Mukdeeprom would serve as cinematographer for Challengers. (Source: MovieMaker Magazine)
  • 2022-06-27
    • Filming for Challengers wrapped and a release date of August 11, 2023 was confirmed.(Source: Twitter)
  • 2022-10-27
    • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross were announced to be composing the score for the movie.(Source: Film Music Reporter)
  • 2023-03-21
    • The movie was given a new release date of September 15, 2023. (Source: Film Affinity)
  • 2023-06-20
  • 2023-07-07
    • It is confirmed that Challengers will open the 80th Venice International Film Festival.
  • 2023-07-25
    • The release date of the movie is pushed back to Spring 2024. It is also confirmed that it will no longer be shown at the Venice Film Festival due to the SAG-AFTRA strike. (Source: Deadline)


Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport

Age rating


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