A new trailer has been released for forthcoming movie Borg/McEnroe, written by Ronnie Sandahl (Svenskjävel) and directed by Janus Metz (True Detective), which tells the story of tennis star Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and his rivalry with John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf).
Between 1978 and 1981, Borg and McEnroe met in fourteen matches and won seven each, but the 1980 Wimbledon final became the stuff of legend, and is considered to be one of the greatest tennis matches of all time.
Having lost the opening set to McEnroe, Borg took the next two, and had two championship points in hand in the fourth set. However, McEnroe drew level in a 34 point tiebreaker, which he won 18–16. Borg finally prevailed and took the fifth set, giving him a fifth consecutive Wimbledon singles title.
Ronnie Sandahl told SydSvenskan: “The remarkable thing about their rivalry is that they both slowly realised that they were the only ones who understood each other, that they were each other’s best and worst enemy.”
“It’s about two value systems, the American and Swedish, rearing two different heroes – and our need for different kinds of heroes. And tennis is a sport that lends itself extremely well to a trait drama.”
Borg/McEnroe also stars Stellan Skarsgard as coach Lennart Bergelin, and Tuva Novotny (Dag) as Mariana Simionescu. It was filmed across Sweden, London, Monaco, Prague and New York, and is slated for theatrical release this September.