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Reuters, Variety
14 Apr 2016 - 9:44 AM  UPDATED 14 Apr 2016 - 10:31 AM

Fox Searchlight has released a preview photo of its upcoming sports drama Battle of the Sexes.

Starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs, the film will document the tennis players' highly publicised 1973 exhibition match – which was dubbed the Battle of the Sexes – along with the personal battles they were facing off the tennis courts. The famed competition sparked a global conversation, when at 29, the No. 2 ranked King beat the 55-year-old retired former Wimbledon champion Riggs.

See below the first look:

Battle of the Sexes also stars Sarah Silverman, who will play World Tennis magazine founder Gladys Heldman. Heldman also helped organise female tennis players into a women's only circuit when they felt they weren't receiving pay that equaled that of their male counterparts. Alan Cumming, Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue, Eric Christian Olsen, Natalie Morales, Austin Stowell, Wallace Langham and Jessica McNamee are also set to star.

Little Miss Sunshine filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris will direct the sports biopic from a script by Simon Beaufoy. Cloud Eight Films' Christian Colson will produce alongside Decibel Films' Danny Boyle.

Variety first reported Stone's involvement in the film last November. Though the Oscar-nominated actress was a top pick for the role, her schedule almost prevented her from starring in the film.


Watch the original documentary at SBS On Demand (click on the image):

The Battle of the Sexes

UK, 2013
Director: James Erskine
What's it about?
Forty years after the historic tennis matches between feminist icon and champion player Billie Jean King and noted chauvinist, provocateur and former pro Bobby Riggs, director James Erskine looks back at the circus that surrounded the 1973 event and its legacy in advancing the rights of female athletes.

The Battle of the Sexes Review


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