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Fox Sets Release Date For ‘BATTLE OF THE SEXES’ Starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell

March 22, 2017

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FOX Searchlight Pictures has set BATTLE OF THE SEXES for a September 22, 2017 release.

Starring Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming, Andrea Riseborough, Eric Christian Olsen, Natalie Morales, Austin Stowell, Wallace Langham, Jessica McNamee, Mickey Sumner and Bill Pullman.

Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, creators of Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks, have made their new project in the period 1970s America that presaged a cultural tsunami.

The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (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.

Cloud Eight Films’ Christian Colson and Decibel Films’ Danny Boyle, along with screenwriter Simon Beaufoy produce.

Dayton and Paris behind-the-scenes crew includes collaborator Pamela Martin as editor. New to the team includes director of photography Linus Sandgren, production designer Judy Becker, and costume designer Mary Zophres.

 

 

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