Brie Larson To Play Billie Jean King

Rising young actress Brie Larson (“Room,” “Short Term 12”) is in talks to play tennis legend Billie Jean King in “Battle of the Sexes” for Fox Searchlight.

Larson would replace Emma Stone, who had to pass on the role due to a scheduling conflict. Steve Carell will play Bobby Riggs in the tennis drama.

The story deals with the famed 1973 ‘Battle of the Sexes’ match in which 29-year old No. 2 ranked female star King rose to the challenge and beat the 55-year old retired former Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs.

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris direct from a script by Simon Beaufoy. Danny Boyle and Christian Colson are producing.

Source: Variety