"The Battle of the Sexes" trailer introduces Stone as decorated champion Billie Jean King and Carell as chauvinist has-been Bobby Riggs. In 1973, the latter challenges the former to a tennis duel, and their well-promoted rivalry was followed by rapt audiences around the world. The match would go on to spark the feminist movement and fight for gender equality.
The movie focuses on the lead-up to the battle, as well as the personal struggles of King and Riggs off court.
The trailer has the gauzy, earth-toned look of movies from the '70s, and Carell does a fine job of conveying both Riggs' vapid misogyny and somewhat-charismatic showmanship. As for recent Oscar winner Stone, it looks like her name could be in the mix again for awards this year.
"Battle of the Sexes" opens in theaters September 22.
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. Read More