“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to put the show back in chauvinism.”
That’s what Emma Stone is up against in her new role as tennis champion Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes.
She and Steve Carell, as Bobby Riggs, take to the court in the new biopic about the 1973 tennis match which had the world on the edge of its seat.
From the directors of Little Miss Sunshine, Battle of the Sexes tells the story one of the most-watched sporting events of all time, a tennis match between Billie Jean King, then the world’s number one female player, and Bobby Riggs, a 55-year-old former male champion.
Riggs, a notorious misogynist, gleefully mocked women’s tennis and the women’s rights movement, while King was a feminist pioneer who campaigned for better prize money for female players. Their match carried a $100,000 prize and attracted a TV audience of 90 million worldwide.
Emma Stone is almost unrecognisable as Billie Jean King, who embodies the struggle of women living in a man’s world. “It’s when we want a little bit of what you’ve got. That’s what you can’t stand,” she says.
Battle of the Sexes hits UK cinemas 24th November.