Fox Searchlight First Look: Billie Jean King Biopic ‘Battle of the Sexes’

Fox Searchlight First Look: Billie Jean King Biopic ‘Battle of the Sexes’

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unnamedFox Searchlight has released a new clip and featurette for Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs.

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.

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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.

Battle of the Sexes is directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton. The film is produced by Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, and Robert Graf.

Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, Jessica Mcnamee, Natalie Morales, Fred Armisen, Martha MacIsaac, Mickey Sumner, Bridey Elliott, Eric Christian Olsen, Wallace Langham, and Matt Malloy round out the cast.

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