In 1973 there was a famous tennis match between retired tennis pro Bobby Riggs and the No. 1 tennis player in the world.
Fox Searchlight have just released the first movie trailer on the movie based on this real life event that became known as Battle of the Sexes. The tennis champion and feminist icon Billie Jean King will be played by Emma Stone and chauvinist has-been Bobby Riggs by Steve Carell.
Watch the match where Billie-Jean King plays Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes clash in the Astrodome, Houston, Texas.
Here’s the official synopsis for Battle of the Sexes:
The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became the most watched televised sports event of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.
The brilliant cast includes Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Austin Stowell, Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman, Eric Christian Olsen, and Jessica McNamee. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
Release Date: September 22nd, 2017