Battle of the Sexes!
- By Adam Tyler Hughes
- Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight
Emma Stone. Steve Carell. Two names you think of when it comes to great acting and even better comedy. I’m sold based on this pair alone, but let’s broaden the spectrum of what’s going on here for a moment. What do you get when you combine Stone, Carell, and one of the most prolific tennis matches of the seventies? Well, for one, you get the upcoming film, Battle of the Sexes.
Before Roger Federer, Venus and Serena Williams, or Rafael Nadal, there were two of the greatest, Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Hailing from a successful run in the 1940’s, Riggs (Carell, the Despicable Me series) challenged King (Stone, La La Land), believing the female game to be inferior to that of the male. King initially declined, and Riggs faced Margaret Court, the top female player at the time. After his win against Court, King finally agreed to a televised match against Riggs and, well, you’ll have to watch the movie to see what happened, now won’t you?
This stellar sports comedy has more than just the likes of Stone and Carell helming its upcoming debut. The cast also features Sara Silverman, Bill Pullman, Elisabeth Shue, and Alan Cumming, so you know it’s going to be great. Plus, nothing’s more fun than a friendly competition, right? Especially tennis in the seventies, I mean, come on.
“Battle of the Sexes” lobs into theaters on September 22nd.