Alright, I really didn't want to make this thread but, I read a really cool article in Tennisweek about the movie. It seems like they really did a good job on it with CGI effects and stuff. I can't remember the last Hollywood Tennis movie, so I am excited.
They got Pat Cash to do some stuff on there to keep it accurate. I hope it rocks and brings some buzz to the sport!
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Wimbledon Opens Its Gates to the Movies
If you were lucky enough to attend the 2003 Wimbledon Championships you may well be seeing yourself on the big screen this autumn in Working Title's new romantic comedy Wimbledon.
Starring Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Bring It On) and Paul Bettany (Master and Commander,A Beautiful Mind) and directed by Richard Loncraine (Richard III,The Gathering Storm), Wimbledon is in the tradition of Working Title's hit romantic comedies Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually and Bridget Jones's Diary. Peter (Bettany) is an unlucky guy, scoring ‘love' both professionally and personally.
Despite a lowly position in world tennis rankings, he manages to secure a wild card, allowing him to play in The Championships.There, he meets and falls in love with American tennis star Lizzie (Dunst). Fuelled by a mixture of his new-found luck, love and on-court prowess, Peter works his way through successive rounds and actually stands a chance of fulfilling his lifelong dream of winning the Men's Singles title – if his luck can just hold out.
The film-makers were granted unprecedented access by The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club to film during the 2003 Wimbledon Championships and given access after the tournament.AELTC Chairman Tim Phillips explains why: “We're very proud of Wimbledon and its unique position in the tennis world. Tennis is fun and is a wonderful game. Boys and girls can play it, from the ages of five to ninety-five, it's social, it's healthy, and it's wonderful. We have an interest in wanting more and more people to take it up”.
For Bettany one of the most daunting experiences whilst filming at Wimbledon during The Championships was when he and fellow actor Austin Nichols had to walk on to Centre Court to shoot a scene before the match between Tim Henman and French qualifier Michael Llodra. Referee Alan Mills was filmed escorting Bettany and Nichols onto the court watched by Henman and Llodra fans. Recalls Bettany: “I've never experienced anything like it.The noise was deafening and it was an incredible feeling. Austin and I had to hug each other for support. After filming my legs gave way, I sat down on the chair and I thought I was not going to be able to stand up again. I can't quite imagine the players then going on to play a five set match.”
Australian Wimbledon champion Pat Cash joined the production team to serve as tennis advisor and to help choreograph the shots. He spent four months putting the actors through a gruelling training regime off and on court. “It was a huge challenge but I think we have managed to achieve our goal”, recalls Cash. Bettany, Nichols and Dunst all achieved a high standard of tennis by the end of the film and Bettany and Nichols were so hooked they threatened to enter some doubles tournaments.
When watching the film sit back and watch tennis from a different perspective. With the combination of the latest camera technology and the help of visual effects watching a tennis match will never be the same again.