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Fox Searchlight has released the first image from Battle of the Sexes, the ripped-from-the-headlines story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
Emma Stone and Steve Carell, who star as the athletes, are all smiles in the first-look photo, which comes from a scene in which the epic Battle of the Sexes match — in which the No. 2-ranked female tennis pro defied the odds to beat the retired former Wimbledon champion — was announced at an official press conference in July 1973.
The shot replicates an archival photo of the two competitors, whose showdown became the most watched televised sports event of all time. See the original photo below.
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are directing the film. Alan Cumming, Andrea Riseborough, Elizabeth Shue, Austin Stowell and Sarah Silverman round out the cast of the Simon Beaufoy-penned movie, which currently is shooting.
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