A well-known actress and actor will play Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in HBO’s upcoming project about the so-called “Battle of the Sexes” tennis showdown in 1973.
Deadline.com reports that the roles have gone to Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti. Banks is a two-time Emmy nominee who’s known for her performances as Betty Brant in the “Spider-Man” movies. Giamatti received an Oscar nomination for “Cinderella Man” and won an Emmy for “John Adams.”
The untitled project from HBO and Playtone will be written by David Auburn (“Proof”) and executive produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and by Banks and Max Handelman, her partner in Brownstone Productions.
A feature treatment of the historic tennis match, “Match Maker,” is also in the works, from Chernin Entertainment and Gary Sanchez Productions.