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Ayala Malls Cinemas to exclusively screen Zendaya’s best-career performance to date, Challengers 

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Ayala Malls Cinemas brings another highly anticipated film to its roster of critically acclaimed titles with the exclusive Philippine theatrical run of Challengers starting April 24.

The film is helmed by visionary filmmaker Luca Guadagdnino, known for his works Call Me By Your Name and Bones and All, and features stellar and powerhouse performances from main stars Zendaya, Mike Faist, and Josh O’Connor.

In Challengers, Zendaya stars 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 Art, a champion on a losing streak played by Mike Faist of 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, portrayed by Josh O’ Connor of The Crown, who also happens to be Art’s former best friend and Tashi’s former boyfriend.


Challengers bounces through a dynamic, interweaving storyline that travels back and forth in these characters’ lives, framed by a revelatory tennis match between Art and Patrick that takes place 13 years since they met Tashi. As their pasts and presents collide, tensions run high on the cost of winning.

Early reviews from international critics are phenomenal, citing the captivating performances of Zendaya and company. Trace Sauveur of Austin Chronicle shared, “Challengers is some real electric character drama. The pulsing Reznor/Ross electro score throbs over scenes of dialogue like they’re action sequences. Really alive-feeling movie.” While Hayley Peppin of Harpers Bazaar raves on “The clothes are hot — designed by J.W. Anderson, no less — the actors are hot, the plot is hot. Challengers is the steamy drama to make you fall for tennis.”

The film will show exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas. With its plush seating and generous legroom, coupled with cutting-edge laser projections for sharper images, and top-notch Dolby Sound and Dolby Atmos technologies to enhance audio depth, Ayala Malls Cinemas lets the Challengers come alive in all its glory – from the action-packed sequences, dramatic score, gorgeous fashion, and riveting performances of the film’s stars.

To complete the multisensory cinema experience, the cinema also offers popcorn, and snack range from hotdog, sandwiches, or burgers, and beverages from The Movie Snackbar.

Ayala Malls Cinemas brings Zendaya insert

Challengers opens on April 24 exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas. Click here or your nearest Ayala Malls Cinema ticket booth to book your tickets. Ayala Malls Zing Plus members can get extra perks as they can earn double Zing points when they use their Zing-linked GCash to purchase movie tickets with a minimum spend of P600. Promo runs until June 30. Keep updated on all the latest movie releases, promos, and happenings by following the official Ayala Malls Cinemas Facebook and Instagram pages.

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