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Before hitchhiking across the States as part of his #TakeMeAnywhere project, Shia Labeouf was in Cannes to present Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” and spoke to Variety about his next challenging role as American tennis superstar and provocateur John McEnroe in “Borg vs. McEnroe,” to be directed by popular Danish helmer Janus Metz Pederson (“Armadillo,” “True Detective”).
Due to start shooting in August, the movie — penned by Ronnie Sandahl — centers on the relationship between McEnroe and Swedish tennis icon Bjorn Borg (played by up-and-comer Sverrir Gudnason) and chronicles the epic Wimbledon final they played against each other in 1980.
Labeouf, who has been prepping for the role for two months, will star opposite Gudnason (“Monica Z”) and Stellan Skarsgård, his co-star in Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac.” Tre Vanner and Sf Studios are producing the project, while Svensk handles international sales.
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- Elsa Keslassy
London – Leading U.K. distributor Curzon Artificial Eye has picked up tennis drama “Borg/McEnroe,” starring Shia Labeouf, and Lars von Trier’s serial killer pic “The House That Jack Built,” as well as Joachim Lafosse’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry “After Love,” starring Berenice Bejo, and Niall McCann’s music documentary “Lost in France.”
“Borg/McEnroe” centers on the 1980 Wimbledon contest between champ Bjorn Borg and talented upstart John McEnroe. Sverrir Gudnason is Borg, Labeouf plays McEnroe, and Stellan Skarsgard portrays Borg’s trainer, Lennart Bergelin. It will be directed by Danish director Janus Metz, who won Cannes Critics’ Week in 2010 with “Armadillo” and directed an episode of “True Detective.” The film, which is being sold by Sf Intl., is set for a fall 2017 theatrical release.
- Leo Barraclough
Jason from Mnpp here, taking a look at today's big news out of everybody's favorite Oscar baiting genre, the bio-pic - famous actor slash shit-stirrer Shia Labeouf is set to play famous athlete slash shit-stirrer John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe, which will tackle the long-term rivalry between Mr. McEnroe and the underwear-salesman slash Swede Bjorn Borg. Playing Borg is the actor Sverrir Gudnason, who I am not familiar with, but he sure does have some big tiny shorts to fill...
(Cue my childhood crush on Borg rearing its head.)
Stellan Skarsgård is also in the film, playing Borg's coach, and Danish director Janus Metz (Armadillo) is directing. Anyway Shia might maybe be rebounding? I actually think he's given his best performances over the past couple of years in the middle of what did seem to be a bit of a public breakdown. He's managed to channel it into his work in interesting ways, »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shia Labeouf has signed on to play tennis legend John McEnroe in the upcoming biopic Borg/McEnroe, which will chronicle “the long-running battle for supremacy in the tennis world in the 1970s and 1980s between McEnroe and Swedish star Bjorn Borg.”
Labeouf will star alongside Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason (A Serious Game) as Borg, while Stellan Skarsgard is set to play Borg’s coach Lennart Bergelin. The film is being directed by Danish filmmaker Janus Metz, who helmed the Cannes Grand Prize-winning war documentary Armadillo, from a script by Ronnie Sandahl (Underdog)
“This is a very powerful drama that plunges deep into the minds of two extremely interesting personalities living in an explosive era. I am very honored and excited to be at the reigns of it”, states Metz.
Production on Borg/McEnroe is set to get underway in the fall ahead of a release next year. »
- Gary Collinson
Shia Labeouf has been tapped to star as John McEnroe in the upcoming biopic “Borg/McEnroe,” TheWrap has learned. The sports drama will focus on one of the biggest rivalries in tennis of all time between McEnroe and Swedish player Björn Borg in the late 1970s and and early 1980s. Sverrir Gudnason will play Borg, while Stellan Skarsgard has come on to play Borg’s coach Lennart Bergelin. Also Read: Shia Labeouf Lookalike Assaulted for Resemblance to Actor Danish direct Janus Metz will direct — his war documentary “Armadillo” won the grand prize at Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2010. All in all, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Hollywood bad boy Shia Labeouf has 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. 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. Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason (A Serious Game) will play Borg. Stellan Skarsgard has signed on to play Borg's coach Lennart Bergelin. Danish director Janus Metz, whose war documentary Armadillo won the grand prize at Cannes' Critics' Week in 2010, will direct. The cool, emotionless Borg
- Scott Roxborough
Cannes — Stellan Skarsgård (“Nymphomaniac”) and up-and-comer Sverrir Gudnason (“Monica Z”) will star opposite Shia Labeouf (“American Honey”) in “Borg vs McEnroe” directed by popular Danish helmer Janus Metz Pederson (“Armadillo,””True Detective”).
Gudnason will star as Swedish tennis icon Bjorn Borg while Labeouf will topline as John McEnroe. Skarsgård will play Borg’s coach.
The project, which starts shooting in August, chronicles the 1980 Wimbledon final and sheds light on the two tennis stars’ complex relationship and rivalry.
Tre Vanner and Sf Studios are producing the project, which Svensk is shopping at Cannes.
Gudnason and Laboeuf have been training for two months for the part.
More to come.
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: Armadillo director Janus Metz Pederson is bringing one of sports’ most abiding rivalries to life in Borg Vs. McEnroe, which re-creates the intense professional enmity between Swedish tennis icon Bjorn Borg and American enfant terrible John McEnroe. Stellan Skarsgard and Sverrir Gudnasson are in talks for the project, and producers are also out to Shia Labeouf for the role of the foul-mouthed, perm-haired but brilliant McEnroe — although it is too early to… »
The story follows one of sport's most famed rivalries which re-creates the intense professional enmity between the controlled and cool Swedish tennis icon Bjorn Borg and American enfant terrible John McEnroe.
Their 1980 match in the final of Wimbledon is widely considered one of the greatest tennis matches in the history of the sport. Producers are seeking the help of Shia Labeouf for the role of the foul-mouthed, perm-haired McEnroe.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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