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Will Ferrell has signed on to star in Match Maker, a dramedy that will chronicle the 1973 tennis battle of the sexes between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
The project is being written by Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), reports Variety. Conrad is adapting the Don Van Natta Jr. ESPN Magazine article “The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, the Mafia and the Battle of the Sexes,” which is about how the match came together.
Fifty million Americans tuned in to see the battle between King, who was 29 at the time, and 55-year-old Riggs. King came out on top, winning the $100,000 prize.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chernin Entertainment scored the film rights to the story. With Ferrell, an avid sports fan, now onboard, his Gary Sanchez Productions will co-produce. The Anchorman star will play Riggs.
Ferrell was last seen in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and is currently working on Get Hard with Kevin Hart and Alison Brie.