Emma Stone, Steve Carell are tennis pros in first Battle of the Sexes image
Following a wave of recent casting announcements, including new additions Sarah Silverman and Alan Cumming, the first official photo from the upcoming tennis biopic Battle of the Sexes premiered Wednesday as the film enters production.
The still sees Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean King, then the No. 1 women’s tennis player in the world, and retired pro Bobby Riggs, who, at a 1973 press conference, famously announced a highly publicized man-vs-woman tennis match that would spark discussion on gender equality around the nation and became the most-watched televised sporting event of all time.
Battle of the Sexes began shooting Wednesday in Los Angeles and is being directed by husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the duo who created the 2006 Best Picture nominee Little Miss Sunshine and the 2012 indie comedy Ruby Sparks. Frequent Danny Boyle collaborator Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) wrote the film’s screenplay. “The irony isn’t lost on us that we are a husband-and-wife team directing the Battle of the Sexes,” the couple said in a press release. “As soon as we read Simon [Beaufoy]’s script we knew we had to make this film. We feel so fortunate to have gathered such an amazing group of artists, both behind and in front of camera.”
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Rounding out the film’s cast are Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), Andrea Riseborough (Birdman), Bill Pullman (The Equalizer), and Eric Christian Olsen (CSI: Los Angeles). Oscar-nominated editor Pamela Martin (The Fighter), who previously worked with Dayton and Faris on both Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks, will cut Battle of the Sexes as well.
Fox Searchlight has not yet announced a release date for Battle of the Sexes, though it is expected to arrive sometime in 2017. Check out the first still from Battle of the Sexes above, and see the original 1973 photo that inspired it below.