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Game, Set, ‘Challengers’: See What Zendaya’s Serving in the Film

Already accustomed to the spotlight, Zendaya is having a remarkable year, marked by her stellar performance in the recent Dune: Part Two release and her strong off-screen bond with fellow MCU star Tom Holland. Now, she ventures into a new cinematic realm with Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino’s latest project, Challengers — due out on April 26, 2024. See what to expect from the upcoming film and explore how it contrasts with Zendaya’s prior works in movies and television.

Want to hear even more about Zendaya? See why we think she’s a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood.


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Love-Love: A Tennis Tale of Triumph and Tension

Challengers follows the journey of Tashi (Zendaya), a former renowned tennis player who transitions to coaching after a career-ending injury. She redirects her attention to her husband Art (Mike Faist), a mediocre player, and transforms him into a world-famous grand slam champion. By entering him in a challenger event, the lowest tier of professional tournaments, she aims to lift him from a prolonged losing streak. Tensions rise as he encounters Patrick (Josh O’Connor), a disillusioned player and Tashi’s past love interest. The court becomes a stage for untold drama and rivalry.

From Hollywood to Centre Court: Zendaya’s Smash Hit Career

(L to R) Mike Faist as Art, Zendaya as Tashi, and Josh O’Connor as Patrick in CHALLENGERS, directed by Luca Guadagnino, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film // CREDIT: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures © 2023 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Zendaya catapulted to fame with her breakout role on Disney Channel’s Shake It Up. Her journey from there has been nothing short of remarkable. Embracing a range of characters, she captivated audiences as the troubled Rue Bennett in the hit series Euphoria and dazzled on the big screen as Anne Wheeler in The Greatest Showman and MJ in Marvel’s beloved Spider-Man trilogy. Beyond her acting prowess, Zendaya stepped into the producer’s shoes alongside acting in Netflix’s Malcolm & Marie, showcasing her multifaceted talent.

In her latest project, Challengers, Zendaya’s portrayal of tennis prodigy Tashi promises a fresh perspective. Her dedication knows no bounds, evident in the rigorous three-month training she underwent with coach Brad Gilbert, as reported by tennis.com. Balancing intense training with filming commitments for Euphoria and preparations for Dune: Part Two, Zendaya’s unwavering commitment to her craft shines through, highlighting her exceptional talent and work ethic.

Interested in more on Challengers? Check out our earlier sneak peek into the film.

See Challengers when it debuts in theaters on April 26, 2024.

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Ben Ahrens_Author Headshot 2Ben Ahrens is a versatile Silicon Valley-based writer, content marketer, photographer, and graphic designer. His passion lies in crafting engaging stories for the entertainment industry and embracing the tech culture of the Bay Area to uncover the next ground-breaking innovations. When not weaving words, you’ll find him curating the perfect playlist for every occasion or exploring the diverse landscapes of Northern California.

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