FILM 1751: BATTLE OF THE SEXES
TRIVIA: In 1973, Billie Jean King was 29 and Bobby Riggs was 55. At the time of filming, Emma Stone was 28 and Steve Carell was 54.
Emma Stone was initially cast as Billie Jean King, but scheduling issues forced her to pass on the role. Brie Larson was ultimately tapped to replace Stone. After a few months, Larson dropped out. After Stone's schedule was cleared, she was able to take back the role.
Emma Stone put on 15 pounds of muscle for this film.
The film sugarcoats the tragic love affair with Marilyn. What was private until 1981 became public when Marilyn sued King by invoking the palimony law nearly destroying King's career. It would take years from then for King to rebuild what she'd lost.
Five of the supporting cast members are sketch comedy veterans. Steve Carell was a writer and cast member of The Dana Carvey Show (1996). Sarah Silverman and Tom Kenny were cast members of Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995). Fred Armisen was a cast member of Saturday Night Live (1975) and a cast member/writer/producer of Portlandia (2011). Chris Parnell was a cast member of Saturday Night Live (1975).