Shia LaBeouf to play John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe

  • PTI, Los Angeles
  • Updated: May 15, 2016 14:16 IST
Shia LaBeouf will play John McEnroe in the film, while Ronnie Sandahl will write the script. (AFP Photo)

Actor Shia LaBeouf has been signed on to play tennis bad boy John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe, an upcoming biopic about one of the greatest sports rivalries of all time.

Swedish star Sverrir Gudnason is set to play McEnroe’s nemesis Bjorn Borg with Stellan Skarsgard on board as Borg’s coach, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Borg/McEnroe will trace the long-running battle for supremacy in the tennis world in the 1970s and 1980s between McEnroe and Swedish star Bjorn Borg.

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Danish director Janus Metz, whose war documentary Armadillo won the grand prize at Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2010, will direct the film.

The cool, emotionless Borg and the wild, tantrum throwing McEnroe faced each other 14 times on the professional tennis tour between 1978 and 1981, each winning seven of these matches.

Their two Wimbledon finals, in 1980 and 1981, are considered among the greatest ever in the sport.

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LaBeouf and Gudnason turned up in Cannes to promote the project. LaBeouf is also in town for Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, which premieres in Cannes’ competition on Sunday.

Shooting on Borg/McEnroe is set to begin this fall in Sweden, London, Monaco and New York for a planned 2017 delivery. Ronnie Sandahl will pen the script.

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