Watch the trailer for incredible true story "Battle Of The Sexes"

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In 1973, world no.1 women’s tennis player Billie Jean King was challenged by the retired former men’s world no.1 Bobby Riggs to a match dubbed The Battle Of The Sexes.

A lucrative $100,000 winner-takes-all prize was on offer, but the match stood for far more than just money, with women’s rights and gender equality at the heart of everything Billie Jean was trying to achieve. The result would have a huge impact on not only women in tennis, but women all over the world.

The incredible true story is now coming to film with Battle Of The Sexes directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton. Oscar winner Emma Stone stars as Billie Jean King alongside Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs.

Watch the trailer above and take a look at the full synopsis below.

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-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, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.

Battle Of The Sexes is out in UK cinemas 20 October.