Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Watch Emma Stone lead the feminist fight in the first Battle of the Sexes trailer

battle of the sexes.png

The first official trailer for Battle of the Sexes has finally been released – and, judging by the clip, Emma Stone and Steve Carrell’s film is going to be everything we’ve hoped for and more.

Directed by Little Miss Sunshine director Valerie Faris, Battle of the Sexes is loosely based on the infamous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Carell) – it was watched by an estimated 90 million people at the time.


Read more: The 25 feminist films we can’t wait to watch in 2017


The real-life battle of the sexes began when Riggs declared that the female game of tennis was inferior – and claimed that he could, even at the age of 55, take on any of the sport’s top women players and win.

“I’m not saying women don’t belong on the court,” Carrell’s Riggs declares in the trailer. “Who would pick up the balls otherwise?”

“Keep talking, Bobby,” replies Stone’s King – and you can definitely hear the eye-roll in her voice. “The more nonsense you spout, the worse it’s going to be when you lose.”

In real life, the game was an absolute spectacle – with King carried onto the tennis court atop a chair held by four bare-chested muscle men in the style of ancient slaves.

The feminist and sports star also gifted Riggs a baby pig in the middle of the game to represent how much of a “pig” he was, because life is always better with an organic living and breathing metaphor.


Read more: Emma Stone uses red carpet dress to make powerful feminist statement


Spoiler alert: King threw her all into the match, taking Riggs down and changing the game for women everywhere.

“I thought it would set us back 50 years if I didn’t win that match,” she said later. “It would ruin the women’s tour and affect all women’s self-esteem.”

The film hits cinemas in autumn 2017.

Images: Battle of the Sexes

Related

emma stone anxiety video.jpg

Watch Emma Stone bravely open up about her lifelong anxiety battle

rexfeatures_8434891ef.jpg

Emma Stone has her say on that awkward La La Land mix up

rexfeatures_8343355is.jpg

Emma Stone's rousing Baftas speech

More

The deadly secret hidden within that creepy Game of Thrones hug

Spoilers are coming…

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Aug 2017

Why it’s totally fine if you don’t have a ‘work wife’

Having friends at work is nice – but it’s not the be all and end all

by Moya Crockett
18 Aug 2017

Meteorologist’s epic response to troll who called her “disgusting”

“Enough is enough.”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
18 Aug 2017

Acts of love, humanity and solidarity following the Barcelona attack

In the darkness, there is light.

by Moya Crockett
18 Aug 2017

How you can help those caught up in the Barcelona attack

The ways you can support the victims, survivors and investigation

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Aug 2017

People are furious about Trump’s response to the Barcelona attack

The world is sick of his double-standard on terrorism

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Aug 2017

Ryan Phillipe on how he tackles depression

“I’m thinking about how to focus and steady myself”

by Susan Devaney
17 Aug 2017

Are black girls being forced to grow up too fast?

A study has shown that black girls as young as five are seen as more adult than their white peers

by Kemi Alemoru
17 Aug 2017

Teen receives sickening messages after asking for career advice

This businessman's response was shocking

by Sarah Biddlecombe
17 Aug 2017

We want everything from this new high-street Disney collaboration

Seriously magical

by Megan Murray
17 Aug 2017