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Ferrell Attached To "Match Maker" Film About Riggs-King Conflict

Actor Will Ferrell "has attached himself to star" in "Match Maker," a planned sports comedy about the conflict between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Steven Conrad "has come aboard to write a script for the project, which is being developed by Chernin Entertainment and Gary Sanchez Productions." The film will adapt Don Van Natta Jr.'s ESPN The Magazine article, "The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia and The Battle of the Sexes" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 4/3). Sources said that it was Ferrell's "passion for tennis" that gave producer Peter Chernin the "idea to pursue him for the role of Riggs" (VARIETY.com, 4/3).

Meanwhile, actress Jennifer Garner today discussed her role in the upcoming film "Draft Day," in which she plays a front office exec for the Browns preparing for the NFL Draft. Garner said to prepare, she "just did everything" Browns Dir of Legal Affairs Megan Rogers did day-to-day. Garner: "It's just lucky that she happens to be a woman and the capologist for the Browns and that's what I was supposed to be. She also is the smartest person in any room, the prettiest girl in any room and has this real quiet authority about her. And meanwhile, if you push her far enough, then she will drop the hammer" (CLEVELANDBROWNS.com, 4/3).
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