It was only yesterday that we got a brand new UK trailer for Janus Metz’s Borg vs. McEnroe, and now another new look at the TIFF opener has surfaced on Vimeo in the form of an early promo reel.
Originally dated for February but not available for public viewing until now, this early version of SF Studios’ full trailer from last month features a quite a bit of new footage that hasn’t been previously seen in other trailers, including a peek at the younger version of Shia LaBoeuf’s John McEnroe (played here by Jackson Gann). And while this piece is in retrospect quite old, it’s incredibly interesting to compare early/alternate cuts of trailers like this, especially if they contain new footage. Watch below:
Wimbledon, 1980. The rainiest summer in decades. The world is waiting to see the number one tennis player in the world, Björn Borg, claim his fifth Wimbledon title. But few know of the drama behind the scenes: at only 24, Borg is close to the end – run-down, worn out and ridden with anxiety. Meanwhile, the challenger John McEnroe, 20, has decided to replace his former hero on the Wimbledon throne. Borg/McEnroe is a story about the price of success. How the world’s two best tennis players, already in their early twenties, are imprisoned by their own careers. Two athletes constantly reduced to each other’s opposites by a commercialized tennis industry: the cartoonish ”lce Borg” and ”Superbrat”. Two rivals who, during Wimbledon 1980, are forced to realize that the only person capable of understanding what they are going through is their worst enemy.
Starring Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf and Stellan Skarsgård, Borg vs McEnroe (also known as Borg/McEnroe or simply Borg in Sweden) is released September 22 in the UK, with a U.S. release sometime in 2018.