If Emma Stone and Steve Carell’s Battle of the Sexes is a light, comedic take on a famous tennis match, then BORG VS MCENROE offers a dramatic counterpart. I’ve been looking forward to this film ever since its producers announced that Shia LaBeouf would be playing John McEnroe, and this first look at his performance doesn’t disappoint.
Sverrir Gudnason stars as Björn Borg, who developed a rivalry with young upstart McEnroe that played out at Wimbledown in the ’80s. The footage appears to favor Borg and his backstory featuring Stellan Skarsgard, but at least we get to see LaBeouf’s take on McEnroe’s infamous temper. Apparently we’ll learn how these two titans of tennis became legends, and what price they had to pay for it.
Janus Metz Pedersen (True Detective) directed the film, which sure does look intense judging by this brief teaser. Hopefully it’ll pop up at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, when Borg vs McEnroe is slated to open overseas. There’s no U.S. distributor yet, so it could very well become a hot sales title at that festival.
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