The first trailer is out showing off Emma Stone and Steve Carell as tennis pros Billie Jean King and Robert ‘Bobby’ Riggs in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ “Battle of the Sexes” at Fox Searchlight.
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.
“Battle of the Sexes” opens in cinemas on September 22nd.