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CHALLENGERS New Trailer: Zendaya Stirs Up Love & Competition in Luca Guadagnino’s Latest

Zendaya in Luca Guadagnino's CHALLENGERS

Zendaya is a master of tennis pulling all the strings in Luca Guadagnino’s steamy new film, Challengers. Originally slated for release last fall, as well as a Venice premiere, it was delayed due to the actors’ strike but it’s now set to hit theaters on April 26. Co-starring Josh O’Connor (soon to be seen in Alice Rohrwacher’s La Chimera) and West Side Story breakout Mike Faist, it is a love triangle story set in the competitive, cutthroat tennis world. The film is written by Justin Kuritzkes who has also written Guadagnino’s next feature arriving later this the year, an adaptation of William S. Burroughs’ novel Queer. MGM has just released a new trailer for the erotic sports drama.

Here’s the official synopsis:

From visionary filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, Challengers stars Zendaya as Tashi Duncan, a former tennis prodigy turned coach and a force of nature who makes no apologies for her game on and off the court. Married to a champion on a losing streak (Mike Faist – West Side Story), Tashi’s strategy for her husband’s redemption takes a surprising turn when he must face off against the washed-up Patrick (Josh O’Connor – The Crown) – his former best friend and Tashi’s former boyfriend. As their pasts and presents collide, and tensions run high, Tashi must ask herself, what will it cost to win.

See the trailer below.

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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