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Emma Stone to Play Billie Jean King in Biopic Directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton

Emma Stone to Play Billie Jean King in Biopic Directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton

One of the three(!) Billie Jean King projects in development found its directors and stars yesterday. 

Husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Ruby Sparks”) will helm “Battle of the Sexes,” a dramatization — as if any more drama were necessary — of the famed 1973 tennis match in which a 29-year-old King handily defeated the 55-year-old former Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs. Emma Stone will star as King, while Steve Carell will play Riggs. 

Produced by Fox Searchlight, “Battle of the Sexes” is expected to be a “comedy with dramatic and political overtones, handled in the quirky, warm and engaging way that ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ was,” according to Deadline. Scheduled for a 2016 release, the project will compete with a HBO movie on the same subject starring Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti as King and Riggs, as well as a comedy starring Will Ferrell as Riggs titled “Match Maker.” 

As we noted before, the 1973 game was certainly when the spotlight was brightest on King, but she’s had such a long and varied career on both the court and the frontlines of gay activism that we can’t help wishing there could be a fuller biopic about the tennis icon’s extraordinary life. 

[via Deadline]

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