Shalom Life | March 11, 2015

Elizabeth Banks to Play Billie Jean King For HBO

Banks and Paul Giamatti will star in ‘Battle of the Sexes’

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: March 10th, 2015 in Culture » Film » News

‘Pitch Perfect’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ star, Elizabeth Banks, is confirmed to portray tennis champion, Billie Jean King, is the upcoming HBO film ‘Battle of the Sexes’.

Co-starring Paul Giamatti as Bobby Riggs, ‘Battle of the Sexes” tells the story “of the 1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis match in which the 29-year-old No. 2-ranked female star beat the 55-year-old retired former Wimbledon champ,” according to Deadline.

The ‘Battle of the Sexes’ match was a huge milestone in American sports history. Riggs had just come off a winning ‘Battles of the Sexes’ match against Margaret Court, and was expecting beat King as well. At the time, a woman has never defeated a man in professional tennis before.

The Battles of the Sexes match was previously adapted for a TV movie in 2001, with Holly Hunter and Ron Silver in “When Billie Beat Bobby’. Will Ferrell is also working on a King vs. Riggs film entitled ‘Match Maker’ that focuses on a theory that Riggs intentionally lost the match in order to pay off mob debt.

Banks and Giamatti just completed another project together entitled ‘Love & Mercy’, another biopic following the life of Brian Wilson.

Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce for HBO through Playtone, with Banks and her husband, Max Handelman, co-producing through Brownstone Productions.

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