Will Ferrell to play tennis star Bobby Riggs
April 4th, 2014
04:00 PM ET

Will Ferrell to play tennis star Bobby Riggs

Will Ferrell has portrayed his fair share of chauvinists, from "Anchorman’s" Ron Burgundy to "Wedding Crashers’" outlandish mentor Chazz Reinhold.

Now the actor is adding tennis player and former Wimbledon champ Bobby Riggs to the list, but this role might not be played for laughs.

According to Variety, the 46-year-old has been cast as the lead for the upcoming film "Match Maker." Ferrell will channel his own love of sports and knack for playing sexist narcissists into re-enacting Riggs’ 1973 tennis match against Billie Jean King - the one that was famously dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes.”

Riggs, who was ranked the No. 1 tennis player in the world for three years during his professional career, came out of retirement and regained his claim to fame by challenging the top female tennis players of the time, insisting that women’s tennis was inferior.

Variety reports that the film will be based on a 2013 ESPN article claiming that Riggs picked the fight to pay back a sizable debt to some unsavory characters.

But 50 million viewers witnessed King win the battle that day - not just for tennis, but for women’s empowerment, too.

Steve Conrad, who recently worked on "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," will write the script.

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