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Battle of the Sexes gets a new poster

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Battle of the Sexes stars Oscar-nominees Emma Stone (BIRDMAN, THE HELP), Steve Carell (FOXCATCHER, THE BIG SHORT), and Elisabeth Shue (LEAVING LAS VEGAS, CHASING MAVERICKS) along with Sarah Silverman (“Masters of Sex”, I SMILE BACK), Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”, X-MEN 2), Andrea Riseborough (BIRDMAN), Eric Christian Olsen (“CSI: Los Angeles”), Natalie Morales (“The Grinder”), Austin Stowell (BRIDGE OF SPIES, WHIPLASH), Wallace Langham (RUBY SPARKS, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), Jessica McNamee (LAST DAYS OF SUMMER), Mickey Sumner (THE END OF THE TOUR) and Bill Pullman (LBJ, THE EQUALIZER).

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Academy AwardÒ nominee Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.

Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, creators of the Oscar-winning LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and indie favourite RUBY SPARKS, have turned their attention to a period in 1970’s America that presaged a cultural tsunami.

Battle of the Sexes is in UK cinemas October 20.

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