A series of new clips have been released for the Tennis movie Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell.
Based on a true story about legendary athletes Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, the featurette Breaking Ground sees Billie talking about how 1973 was pivotal in sport and why it was important for her to win the match.
Battle of the Sexes is served up to UK cinemas on 24th November.
In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 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.
Starring Academy Award winner Emma Stone (La La Land) and Academy Award nominee Steve Carell (Despicable Me franchise) as 1970’s tennis greats Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, Battle of the Sexes is directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton from a screenplay by Academy Award winner Simon Beaufoy.
The film also stars Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming and Academy Award nominee Elisabeth Shue.
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