Watch Emma Stone vs. Steve Carell in the 'Battle of the Sexes' Trailer

Watch Emma Stone vs. Steve Carell in the 'Battle of the Sexes' Trailer

May 16, 2017

One of the most anticipated movies of the year, Battle of the Sexes is sure to take part in some competitions of its own -- namely awards contests. The true sports drama stars a recent Best Actress Oscar winner and a past Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee and is the latest from a pair of directors whose feature debut was nominated for Best Picture. 

Watch the new trailer for the movie that pits Emma Stone against her Crazy, Stupid, Love co-star Steve Carell here:

When it comes out: September 22

Who is in it: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Alan Cumming, Sarah Silverman, Elisabeth Shue, Natalie Morales, Bill Pullman, Austin Stowell, Jessica McNamee

What it is about: In 1973, self-admitted chauvinist Bobby Riggs challenged fellow tennis champion Billie Jean King, also a feminist icon, to a match between man and woman. This movie, properly helmed by the duo of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), depicts the events with Carell as Riggs and Stone as King. McNamee plays tennis star Margaret Court, who took part in the first Battle of the Sexes match against Riggs when King initially declined. Stowell is King's husband, Riseborough her lover and Shue is Riggs's wife. Silverman is portraying World Tennis magazine founder Gladys Heldman, Cumming is portraying fashion designer Ted Tinling and Morales is tennis pro Rosie Casals.

How the new trailer is: This looks as great as we could hope for, with Stone in particular coming across as a potential Oscar contender one year after winning Best Actress for La La Land. They've got the period setting down very well and a good mix of drama, humor, history and contemporary relevance all in one entertaining package. And they're certainly not shying away from the lesbian romance element for King, one of the first major sports figures to come out, and her secretary-turned-girlfriend Marilyn Bennett. It's funny seeing Veep's resident chauvinist, Dan Bakkedahl, as the first familiar face on screen, too.

What other people are saying: 

"The competition itself hs so much more signicance when you know what’s going on behind the scenes, and that’s exactly what makes this look so compelling." - Ethan Anderton, /Film

"[Stone] should prepare herself for awards season again because her new film, Battle of the Sexes, looks amazing." - Christopher Rosa, Glamour

"You pretty much have to get someone like Carell to play Riggs, otherwise his chauvinism comes off as petty and hateful instead of ridiculous. While the film is clearly pushing back against his attitude, it takes someone with Carell’s overpowering affability to make that kind of behavior work. It’s the kind of performance that netted Carell six Emmy nominations for his work on The Office." - Matt Goldberg, Collider

 

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