Thursday, April 14, 2016

'Battle of the Sexes': Emma Stone and Steve Carell To Play Tennis Greats

Emma Stone and Steve Carell, Bill Jean King and Bobby Riggs
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
The "Battle of the Sexes" isn’t just a term, it is also a film. Fox Searchlight Pictures announced today that production of a new film starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell has begun. In Battle of the Sexes, Stone and Carell play 1970’s tennis greats Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. The tennis film also stars Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming, Andrea Riseborough, Eric Christian Olsen, Natalie Morales, Austin Stowell, Wallace Langham, Jessica McNamee, Mickey Sumner and Bill Pullman.

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who were also responsible for the indie hits, Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks, direct the story behind the story of the 1973 tennis match between King and Stone which was known as "The Battle of the Sexes." Not only was this “battle” the most watched TV sporting event at the time, but it also ruffled a lot of feathers questioning gender equality.

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