Fox Searchlight’s Battle of the Sexes, about the legendary 1973 tennis match between ex-champ/hustler Bobby Riggs and world No. 1 Billie Jean King, will have its game date at the multiplex on September 22.
The film stars Steve Carell and Oscar winner Emma Stone as the iconic tennis stars, whose faceoff was one of the most-watched sports events of all time — a symbolic face-off about gender equality. Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris direct from a script by Slumdog Millionaire‘s Simon Beaufoy. Elisabeth Shue, Alan Cumming, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman and Bill Pullman also star.
Typically Searchlight platforms its films, but given the star power on this one, it easily could go wide. The big movie on September 22 currently is Warner Bros.’ Ninjago. Lionsgate also has Granite Mountain, the Arizona wildfire drama with Josh Brolin and Miles Teller, opening wide. Focus Features will have Stephen Frears’ Victoria and Abdul in exclusive release.