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Shia LaBeouf To Play Tennis Star John McEnroe In Biopic ‘Borg/McEnroe,’ Reveals Why He’s Perfect For The Role

Shia LaBeouf To Play Tennis Star John McEnroe In Biopic 'Borg/McEnroe,' Reveals Why He's Perfect For The Role

Shia LaBeouf’s “American Honey” premiered on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival to positive reviews from critics. After making headlines for dancing on the red carpet along with his cast members, news about the actor’s upcoming role have been revealed. 

Shia has been cast to star as the hot-headed tennis star John McEnroe in the upcoming biopic “Borg/McEnroe.” Directed by Janus Metz, the film will focus on the rivalry between McEnroe and Swedish player Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Stellan Skarsgard will play Borg’s coach Lennard Bergelin.

During a media conference on Sunday LaBeouf commented on how he relates to his new character stating, “Jake is me. So is McEnroe. That’s it, man,” said LaBeouf. “I understand these people, I empathize with them. I get it. You turn things up and turn things down. It’s me.” 

While the actor doesn’t play tennis he added that his backhand “is getting there.”

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McEnroe was known for his tantrums and outbursts during his career, much like the 29-year-old who has been known to cause quite some mayhem in his days. The tennis player faced off 14 times with Borg, who was known for his cool and emotionless personality. 

Shooting is set to begin in the fall in Sweden, London, Monaco and New York. Ronnie Sandahl is penning the script, with Sweden’s SF Studios and Film Vast co-producing with Swedish Television and Yellow Film & TV.

“Borg/McEnroe” is planning a 2017 release. 

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