Sarah Silverman is the latest actor to join the all-star cast of the Billie Jean King biopic BATTLE OF THE SEXES as Gladys Heldman, the founder of World Tennis magazine and avid supporter of King and other females in the sport. Heldman eventually help create the Virginia Slims Tour in the early ’70s which later evolved into today’s WTA Tour. She is now a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame as well as the International Sports Hall of Fame.
The dramedy focuses on the groundbreaking “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match of 1973 when 29-year-old King (played by Emma Stone) defeated former 55-year-old former tennis champ, Bobby Riggs (played by Steve Carell).
The cast also includes Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue, and Austin Stowell. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are set to direct the script written by Simon Beaufoy. Danny Boyle from Decibel Films will produce alongside Cloud Eight’s Christian Colson.
Silverman received acclaim for her role in the drama, I Smile Back. She also starred in the comedy, And Punching the Clown which recently made its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. She can be seen next in the Lonely Island mockumentary, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and will dip into the drama pool again in Colin Trevorrow’s The Book of Henry starring Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay.
She is repped by UTA.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer