The first trailer for upcoming Steve Carell & Emma Stone comedy “Battle of the Sexes” has hit the internet. The true story is set in the ’70s, in the midst of the feminist movement when misogyny ruled the sporting world, and centres on a tennis match between Billie Jean King (Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Carell).
The trailer gives a small insight into the protagonist’s characters, including self-confessed chauvenist Riggs and big-dreamer King. Both passionate about tennis, but each believing that they can beat each other, and so it goes that the argument comes to blows in the form of a showdown match in 1973. The film is directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathon Dayton (of “Little Miss Sunshine” fame).
The film will hit cinemas September 22, 2017 – watch the trailer above.
The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs was billed as ‘The Battle of the Sexes’ and became one of the most watched televised sports events 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 opposite 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.