Luca Guadagnino Suggests Delaying ‘Challengers’ Release Amid Strikes Over Fair Compensation

Due to ongoing strikes brought on by studios not paying performers and writers fairly, Luca Guadagnino recommended Amazon to delay the release of Challengers. But as of right now, Amazon hasn’t made a final choice. The MPAA gave the movie Challengers with Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist a R rating in the US for profanity, sexual content, and graphic nudity.

Release Schedule Discussions: Star Promotion Impact and Potential Challengers Postponement

The movie studios will debate release timetables, according to Monday’s Puck article. The opening of completed films could be impacted by the lack of star promotion. Blue Beetle‘s release was put off by Warner Bros., but they ultimately decided against it. Even without Denzel Washington’s promotion, Sony intends to release Equalizer 3 in September. Challengers, a festival film starring Zendaya, is up for release, but there have been discussions about perhaps delaying it. However, Amazon has not yet made a decision.

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The movie is being directed by Luca Guadagnino from a script by Justin Kuritzkes. In addition to Scottie DiGiacomo, Faith Fay, Cornel Bradford, Jake Jensen, Keanu Ham, Christine Dye, A.J. Lister, Carlyne Fournier, Joe Curtin, Emelia Camille Harewood, Sid Jarvis, Charles Massey, Sam Xu, Connor Murray, and Cameen M. Copeland, the movie also features Scottie DiGiacomo and the actors listed above.

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The official synopsis of the movie is provided below:

Tashi, a former tennis player who is now a coach, has turned her husband into a well-known grand slam champion. She forces him to compete in a challenger event that is comparable to the lowest level of the tournament on the pro tour to shake him out of his current losing run. As soon as he realizes that Patrick, his former best buddy and Tashi’s ex-boyfriend, is standing across the net from him, tensions start to rise. Patrick was once promising but is now burned out.

produced by Zendaya, Rachel O’Connor, Amy Pascal, and Luca Guadagnino. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer will release Challengers in the US on September 15, 2023.

Related: Official Out-of-Competition Premiere of Zendaya‘s Luca Guadagnino‘s Challengers at the Venice Film Festival 2023

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