The first official trailer has arrived for Fox Searchlight’s Battle of the Sexes along with a new poster for the film set in the world of tennis and based on a true story. Oscar winner Emma Stone (La La Land) stars as tennis legend Billie Jean King and Oscar nominee Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) plays Bobby Riggs, with the first trailer showing the lead-up to their legendary 1973 tennis match. Directed by Little Miss Sunshine‘s Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, the cast of Battle of the Sexes also includes Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, Jessica Mcnamee, Natalie Morales, Fred Armisen, Martha MacIsaac, Mickey Sumner, Bridey Elliott, Eric Christian Olsen, Wallace Langham, and Matt Malloy.
Fox Searchlight will serve up Battle of the Sexes in theaters on September 22, 2017.
The Plot: The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became the most watched televised sports event of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles.
With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.