Emma Stone and Steve Carell are set to star as tennis superstars Billie Jean King and Robert ‘Bobby’ Riggs in “Battle of the Sexes” for 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 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 will direct from a script by Simon Beaufoy. Danny Boyle and Christian Colson will produce.
This is not to be confused with two other films about the match in the works – an HBO TV movie with Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, and the feature comedy “Match Marker” with Will Ferrell as Riggs.
Source: The Wrap