I always feel uncomfortable whenever Emma Stone attempts to do something other than a quirky romcom. Her performance in The Help is terribly disingenuous. Her performance in Magic in the Moonlight was uncomfortable to watch with the laughable age difference between her and Colin Firth, who plays her love interest. And her slinky dresses in Gangster Squad basically wore her (and not the other way around). And yet Hollywood continues to place her in every single character that comes to mind, to her detriment because only about 10% actually fit her abilities.
I say this as the first photo from her new film, BATTLE OF THE SEXES, emerges. Stone once again plays a character who seems to be so far outside what she's been able to do (and who she will likely overly quirk-ify). I mean seriously, Billie Jean King, at the height of here career facing off against Bobby Riggs (Steve Carrell)? Was there no one else who they could have gotten for this?
I guess we'll just...have to see. 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 the most watched televised sports event 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 opposites 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.
Well, I am intrigued by the possible feminist discussion this film will reignite. The casting is questionable, at best. Thoughts?
BATTLE OF THE SEXES was written by Simon Beaufoy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) and has begun principle photography in Los Angeles.