Oscar-winning actor JK Simmons to play William Frawley in Being the ricardos, an upcoming film in the works set during the filming of I love lucy. Fans of classic television may recognize Frawley’s name as the actor who played Fred Mertz, a neighbor and friend of the Ricardos in the iconic sitcom. Deadline reports that Simmons has been cast to play the late actor alongside Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
With project production progressing smoothly, Deadline reports that JK Simmons he has also been turned to play Frawley. As for who could play Vivian Vance, the actress who played Fred’s wife, Ethel Mertz in I love lucy, another report by The Hollywood Reporter claims that Nina Arianda (Stan and Ollie) is in talks for the role. It’s pretty well documented that Frawley and Vance didn’t get along very well behind the scenes, providing another potential source of drama for the next film.
Aaron Sorkin writes and directs Being the ricardos for Amazon Studios. The film will focus on a particular week in the lives of Lucille and Desi as they work on their show, delving into the drama behind the scenes rather than simply focusing on the on-screen comedy of the TV show. It will not be a biopic in the traditional sense, as it will not tell any of the couple’s life stories, but instead will focus on a pivotal time period in their lives.
Kidman and Bardem are also finalizing negotiations to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, the real-life married couple who played Lucy and Ricky Ricardo in I love lucy. When her casting was first announced, the news sparked some controversy among fans who wanted to see Debra Messing as Lucy. This is based on Messing previously impersonating Lucy in Will and grace in a very compelling way, which makes her an ideal candidate for a lot of people to play Ball in a movie.
“We are not making a new version of I love lucy“Said Ball and Arnaz’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, of the backlash from the cast, while approving of Kidman in the role of Lucille Ball.” No one has to impersonate Lucy Ricardo, not the ‘Vitameatavegamin’ routine, not the chocolate factory routine, not any of the silly things. It is the story of Lucille Ball, my real mother, not Lucy Ricardo, and her husband, Dezi Arnaz, my dad, not Ricky Ricardo. There will be humor in the movie, but it’s a story of the two and how they met and what went right when they found the show, what went wrong, their relationship, their love story. “
Simmons won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Lash. He is also known for playing Vern Schillinger in the HBO prison drama. Oz, J. Jonah Jameson at the Spiderman trilogy, and Dr. Emil Skoda in Law, among many other memorable roles. Those of you familiar with Simmons and William Frawley may agree that this is a pretty perfect casting. This news comes from Deadline.
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