Will Ferrell is attached to star in the upcoming tennis comedy Match Maker, which explores the famous 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King.
The script, written by Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), is based on the 2013 ESPN article "The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, the Mafia and the Battle of the Sexes," which follows the high-profile rivalry between between the 29-year-old Billie Jean King and 55-year-old Bobby Riggs that lead to their match dubbed "The Battle of the Sexes."
The televised match, which Billie Jean King won, was watched by over 50 million viewers. No plot details were revealed, but the ESPN article brought to light several of the behind-the-scenes issues that most viewers didn't know about.
Insiders claim that Will Ferrell's passion for tennis is what lead Chernin Entertainment's Peter Chernin to pursue this story. The actor is well known for being a huge sports fan, who is consistently seen at USC football and Los Angeles Lakers games. He is also no stranger to sports movies, portraying a basketball player in Semi-Pro and a soccer coach in Kicking and Screaming.