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‘Borg/McEnroe’: See First Image of Shia LaBeouf as Tennis Star John McEnroe for Biopic

Sverrir Gudnason is also seen in the picture as Swedish player Björn Borg.

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Shia LaBeouf’s next project is the biopic “Borg/McEnroe,” the story about the rivalry between hot-headed tennis star John McEnroe (LaBeouf) and Swedish player Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) in the late ’70s and early ’80s. The first image of the upcoming drama has been released which shows the actors dressed as the athletes on a tennis court. 

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Considered one of the greatest tennis players of his time, McEnroe was known for his tantrums and outbursts during his career and faced off 14 times with Borg, who had a cool and emotionless personality. Back in May, LaBeouf told Variety how excited he was for this project and that he deeply identified with his character.

“[McEnroe and I have] everything in common. Passionate. Perfectionist. Narcissistic. I’m a bit of a caricature also,” Shia stated. “You look for parallels in your life, and I’m lucky because there is a lot here…I’m eager to meet him before we shoot. I got nothing but love and respect for him.” Adding, “The script is brilliant. We are all here because of that. I cried the first time I read it. It’s not based on a book or a biography. It’s based on hard work.”

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On Tuesday, October 4, the actors, along with Stellan Skarsgård and Tuva Novotny, director Janus Metz Pedersen and writer Ronnie Sandahl attended a press conference in Gothenburg, Sweden to discuss the upcoming feature. Check out the first image below.

“Borg/McEnroe” will be released in theaters in 2017.

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