Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem to play Lucy and Ricky in 'Being the Ricardos'
'Being the Ricardos' will be set behind the scenes of the classic TV show.
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For half a decade, we have been hearing — and reporting — news of a Lucille Ball biopic. For years, Cate Blanchett was the name attached to play the iconic television pioneer in a project from Aaron Sorkin, the writer behind The Social Network and The West Wing.
After languishing in development, the Amazon Studios film has again picked steam, with new actors attached to play the sitcom stars. Now, Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are in negotiations to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Being the Ricardos, according to Deadline.
We know a little more about the plot, which takes place during a week of production of I Love Lucy, as Lucy and Desi struggle to keep their show and marriage together. Sorkin is now looking to direct the movie, as well.
We are guessing that might actually mean it takes place behind the scenes of The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, which ended in 1960, the same year Ball and Arnaz divorced. Ball would have been around Kidman's age around then, 50-ish. But we are speculating.
The production start is still uncertain with the pandemic, which likely means we will not see the results until 2022 at the earliest.
Kidman previously starred in a reboot of Bewitched in 2005. This new gig makes her a bit of a classic-TV revivalist now.
Can you picture Kidman whining, "RICKY-Y-Y!"? Who would you cast to play Lucy?