Emma Stone has done a full transformation to portray tennis legend Billie Jean King in the first trailer for the upcoming comedy Battle of the Sexes.

The clip offers an extended glimpse at the performance of Sarah Silverman, who plays the late Gladys Heldman, founder of World Tennis magazine and staunch supporter of King’s endeavors, which “sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement,” according to a press release. We also see the notoriously contentious real-life match between King and ex-champion Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), which became one of the most-watched sporting events in television history in 1973.

The synopsis explains that King was “trapped in the media glare,” while noting the match’s participants “were on opposite sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past.”

Battle of the Sexes is directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton (Little Miss Sunshine), and also staring Andrea Riseborough, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Natalie Morales, and Fred Armisen hits theateras September 22.

Take a lool at the first trailer and poster below.

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Synopsis

The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposite sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.

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