See the First Trailer of Steve Carell and Emma Stone’s Battle of the Sexes

The new film depicts the infamous 1973 tennis battle between Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King.
Battle of the Sexes Steve Carell Emma Stone

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If you enjoyed the wigs of Anchorman but were hoping for a bit more tennis action, then we’ve got the film for you: The first trailer for Battle of the Sexes is here. The movie depicts the infamous “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between an in-her-prime Billie Jean King and aging tennis pro Bobby Riggs. Set in 1973, the movie stars Emma Stone and Concord’s Steve Carell, respectively.

It’s a reunion for the two, who played daughter and father in Crazy Stupid Love, and also a reunion for Carell with the directors of Little Miss Sunshine, which provided one of Carell’s early dramatic roles. The trailer, perhaps unsurprisingly, offers all the blunt misogyny of a world in which men thought it was perfectly OK to say whatever they wanted about women. After all, it was the ’70s, a wildly different era than our current one, where you definitely can’t get away with saying anything like that.

The movie comes out September 22.


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