In a chain of casting news that reads like a tennis volley, Variety reports that Emma Stone will play Billie Jean King in the new tennis drama, Battle of the Sexes. Brie Larson had previously been in talks to star in the film after scheduling conflicts pushed Stone (who was originally cast) away from the role, but now that has Larson signed up for a separate project (in The Glass Castle), Stone is back in the part. We'd be tempted to turn this whole thing into a tennis metaphor and announce "advantage, Stone!" but a) that's tacky b) these women are professionals and they don't need us to invent a fake competition. In other news, Battle of the Sexes also stars Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs and it's just one of many projects in development set around the famous 1973 King-Riggs tennis match (here's where we get into the real competition). HBO is producing Proof, starring Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, while Chernin Entertainment has Match Maker, with Will Ferrell set to play Riggs. Neither of those projects, however, can match Battle of the Sexes's raw potential for Crazy, Stupid, Love puns. Advantage, Stone!
Most Watched on Vulture
Most Viewed Stories
Honestly, Interviewing With SNL’s Lorne Michaels Sounds Like a Surprisingly Chill Experience
What’s New on Netflix: September 2017
HGTV Is a Never-ending Fantasy Loop. Look Deeper, and It Gets Pretty Ugly.
Will I Hate Mother!? A Serious Quiz
Let’s Talk About That Scene in Mother!
The Saddest Moment in Lady Gaga’s Netflix Doc Involves Taylor Kinney
The 100 Hardest Video-Game Bosses, Ranked
MoviePass Is Luring Millennials Back to the Multiplex. Why Is Hollywood So ‘Meh’?
What’s Leaving Netflix: October 2017
Nocturnal Animals Has Two Endings, and Both of Them Are Killer
Latest News from VultureHalt and Catch Fire Recap: The Broken Places
“A Connection Is Made” is a joyful episode.Fuller House Creator Admits Defeat in Years-Long Quest to Get the Olsen Twins on the Show
“They just don’t seem interested in coming.”Soul Legend Charles Bradley Dead at 68
The singer was battling cancer over the past year.Mike Schur Solidifies His ‘King of NBC Comedy’ Status With Two More Pilots
When does this man have time to sleep?We Wouldn’t Mind Spending 25 Years With Kyle MacLachlan in The Late Late Show’s Red Room
Enunciate your words, damnit!Miss Blair, Dorota Isn’t Amused That She Didn’t Turn Out to Be Gossip Girl
“I felt like nobody knew who Gossip Girl was going to be till the day we did it.”Honestly, Interviewing With SNL’s Lorne Michaels Sounds Like a Surprisingly Chill Experience
Colin Jost didn’t do himself any favors.Matthew Vaughn Gave the Kingsman: The Golden Circle Actors Altitude Sickness
The director of the spy sequel reveals the hardest scenes to nail.Mel Brooks Thinks Blazing Saddles Never Could Have Been Made in Today’s ‘Stupidly Politically Correct’ Climate
“Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behavior.”Seth Meyers Says If You Can’t Connect the Dots When It Comes to Russia, It’s Because They’ve Basically Fused Into One Giant Dot
With North Korea and repealing Obamacare grabbing the limelight, it’s easy to forget there’s an investigation bubbling on the back burner.
Under the glam, it’s a discomfiting looks at the struggles faced by Asian artists.Aaron Carter Is Headed to Rehab
“He is going to do this privately and focus all his attention on being the best person and performer possible.”Watch the Trailer for the Adaptation of Stephen King’s Novella 1922
King is going for a seasonal hat trick at the movies.Thanks to Its Stars, Stronger Is Anything But Your Standard Overcoming-the-Odds Tearjerker
Though Gyllenhaal deserves any accolades the film brings him, Maslany’s performance was the one that floored me.Report: Kylie Jenner Pregnant
According to TMZ and “Page Six.”Brace Yourself and Your Sink for the Mother! Opera
Let’s consider the possibilities!The Saddest Moment in Lady Gaga’s Netflix Doc Involves Taylor Kinney
“Well, nothin’ like getting flowers from your ex-fiancé on the day of the Super Bowl.”The 12 Essential 30 Rock Episodes to Watch Before It Leaves Netflix
Tina Fey’s groundbreaking sitcom leaves Netflix on October 1.Which Famous Athletes Are Really Into Jim Carrey’s Art?
Carrey claims sports stars are fans of his work.What 6 Seasons of Gossip Girl Posters Tell Us About the Show
Who could possibly forget that “OMFG” campaign?