Challengers (film)

Challengers is an upcoming American romantic sports comedy film directed by Luca Guadagnino from a screenplay by Justin Kuritzkes. Its cast includes Zendaya, Mike Faist, and Josh O'Connor.

Directed byLuca Guadagnino
Screenplay byJustin Kuritzkes
Produced by
CinematographySayombhu Mukdeeprom
Edited byMarco Costa
Music by
Distributed byUnited Artists Releasing
Release date
  • August 11, 2023 (2023-08-11)
CountryUnited States

Challengers is scheduled for release on August 11, 2023, by United Artists Releasing.


The wife and coach of a famed tennis player in the middle of a losing streak signs him up for a Challenger event, where they discover he will compete against his wife's former lover.



It was announced in February 2022 that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had landed the film, which would see Luca Guadagnino direct and Zendaya, Josh O'Connor and Mike Faist cast to star. Zendaya will also serve as a producer on the film.[1] Sayombhu Mukdeeprom serves as cinematographer.[2] In a 2022 interview with Collider, Guadagnino cited Kuritzkes' screenplay, Amy Pascal, and Zendaya as inspirations for making the film.[3]

Principal photography began on May 3, 2022, in Boston, where a casting call took place for local residents to audition to play tennis players, general extras, and stand-ins.[4] In preparation for her role, Zendaya spent three months training with pro-tennis player-turned-coach Brad Gilbert.[5] Filming occurred in and around the Back Bay and East Boston neighborhoods.[6] Filming wrapped on June 26, 2022.[7] Guadagnino visited Zendaya on the set of Dune: Part Two in order to complete ADR for Challengers.[8] Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will compose the film's score, having previously worked with Guadagnino on Bones and All.[9]


Challengers is scheduled to be released on August 11, 2023.[10]


  1. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 11, 2022). "Luca Guadagnino Sets Zendaya, Josh O'Connor & Mike Faist To Star In 'Challengers' For MGM And Amy Pascal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  2. ^ Guadagnino, Luca (June 17, 2022). "Luca Guadagnino: Things I've Learned as a Moviemaker". MovieMaker Magazine. Retrieved June 20, 2022.
  3. ^ Jones, Tamera (November 6, 2022). "Luca Guadagnino on Directing 'Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams' and Having Martin Scorsese In the Documentary". Collider. Retrieved November 8, 2022.
  4. ^ "Casting agency seeks extras, Zendaya lookalike for movie filming in Boston". Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  5. ^ "Zendaya's tennis skills impress on the set of upcoming film 'Challengers'". Retrieved November 8, 2022.
  6. ^ "All the Hollywood movies and TV shows filming in Massachusetts in 2022". May 18, 2022. Retrieved June 9, 2022.
  7. ^ "Luca Guadagnino's 'CHALLENGERS' starring Zendaya, Josh O'Connor and Mike Faist has officially wrapped filming". June 27, 2022. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  8. ^ "Timothée Chalamet & Zendaya Gave Bones & All Director Peek At Dune Set". Screen Rant. November 27, 2022. Retrieved November 27, 2022.
  9. ^ "Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross Scoring Luca Guadagnino's 'Challengers'". Film Music Reporter. October 16, 2022. Retrieved October 17, 2022.
  10. ^ Ulatowski, Rachel (June 26, 2022). "Zendaya Plays Tennis in Set Video From Her No Way Home Follow-Up Movie". Screen Rant. Retrieved June 27, 2022.

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