First trailer and release date for Battle of the Sexes announced
McGregor v Mayweather? Ali v Antonio Inoki? Phelps v A Shark?? Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton's comedy takes us back to one the started it all. In 1973 tennis legend Billie Jean King was challenged to a match by Bobby Riggs, himself a one-time world number one ranked male tennis player - who retired in 1959. A notorious hustler and gambler (who in 1939 bet on himself to win all three Wimbledon championships: the singles, doubles and mixed doubles), the 55-year old challenged BJK to a match worth $100,000.
In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.
The Battle of the Sexes hits UK cinemas on 20 October and in the meantime, check out the trailer above.