Tennis legend John McEnroe, who is reportedly selling his $14.5 million Squabble Lane estate in Southampton, will soon be the subject of a movie.
The film, a bio-pic titled “Borg/McEnroe,” will focus on the intense rivalry between the formerly hot-headed pro and his famously sweatband-headed Swedish superstar competitor Bjorn Borg. Shia LaBeouf, who will still need to practice his backhand even if he’s got the tantrum part down pat, will play the seven-time Grand Slam Singles champ who became almost better known for his confrontational style than his expertise back in the early days. Note that now the former Captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team and current newscaster is a pussycat on and off the court–not just fun to watch but charming, playful and respectful of authority.
Swedish star Sverrir Gudnason will play Borg. Stellan Skarsgard is rumored to be playing Borg’s coach, Lennart Bergelin. No word yet on who else will star in this can’t-miss movie.
Expect to see lots of drama as the film will chronicle the heated competition between the pair, who famously faced off 14 times in the 1970s and ’80s, splitting the wins equally. LaBeouf, no stranger to controversial antics, said this about playing his character during a press event for a different film today at the Cannes Film Festival:
“Jake is me. So is McEnroe. That’s it man,” said LaBeouf, speaking at a press conference. “I understand these people, I empathize with them. I get it. You turn things up and turn things down. It’s me.”
The movie will shoot in in Sweden, New York, London and Monaco this fall and a 2017 release is expected.
As for the real estate, McEnroe’s home–which used to be owned by Standard Oil barn Henry Rogers, according to Realtor.com–features a Har-Tru tennis court, pool, deeded access to the beach, 2 acres in one of the best neighborhoods in the Hamptons (Howard Stern, Calvin Klein and Brooke Shields all live nearby), eight bedrooms and seven baths.