Veteran thesp Bill Pullman and rising young actor Austin Stowell (“Whiplash,” “Bridge of Spies”) have joined the cast of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ “Battle of the Sexes” for Fox Searchlight.
Additionally the first photo is out of stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell as tennis pros Billie Jean King and Robert ‘Bobby’ Riggs in the project. You can see that below.
The story is said to focus on King’s famous ‘Battle of the Sexes’ against 55-year-old retired former Wimbledon champion Riggs in 1973. Riggs claimed female tennis was inferior and challenged the then world No. 2 player King to a match.
She declined, but women’s tennis top player Margaret Court accepted. Riggs beat her 6-2 6-1 thanks to his tricky use of drop shots and lobs, he then went on to taunt all female tennis players.
This prompted King to accept a lucrative financial offer to play Riggs in a nationally televised match that the promoters dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes” with a 90 million worldwide audience tuning in.
Having learned from Court’s loss, King was prepared for Riggs’ game and easily beat him 6-4 6-3 6-3. Some have claimed Riggs’ loss was on purpose as a way to pay off gambling debts, a claim that was quickly denied.
“Little Miss Sunshine” filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris direct from a script by Simon Beaufoy. Danny Boyle and Christian Colson are producing, while Andrea Riseborough and Elizabeth Shue also recently joined the cast.