Fox has set a release date for the Emma Stone and Steve Carell-led biopic Battle of the Sexes, which will open on September 22, 2017.
The film will see Stone as tennis player Billie Jean King as she prepares for her intergender match against ex-champion Bobby Riggs. The 1973 match began a discussion on gender equality and became a big moment for the feminist movement.
The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. 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 her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the 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.
Battle of the Sexes is being directed by Johnathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) from a script by Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours). Also featuring in the cast are Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), Alan Cumming (X2: X-Men United), Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), Andrea Riseborough (Birdman), Bill Pullman (The Equalizer), Austin Stowell (Bridge of Spies) and Eric Christian Olsen (CSI: Los Angeles).