Filming has just kicked off on Battle of The Sexes, a movie based on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, and behold your first look at Emma Stone and Steve Carrell depicting the lead characters...
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) April 13, 2016
The official plot synopsis for the movie - which also stars Elisabeth Shue, Andrea Riseborough, Alan Cumming, and Sarah Silverman - goes a little something like this:
"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."
According to indiewire.com: "There has always been the persistent rumor that Riggs threw the match to settle the debts he had with the mob. Whether or not the movie will tackle this part of the subject has yet to be determined."
Co-directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and written by Simon Beaufoy, the film has yet to be given an official release date - but sometime in 2017 is looking most likely.