I Love Lucy fans are excited to hear about Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming I Love Lucy movie, Being the Ricardos, starring Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem.
In the annals of television history, I love lucy is one of the first and most important sitcoms. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz had already been in the film and entertainment business for many years when they began their iconic series. The show aired on television from 1951 to 1957 and made audiences laugh at the outlandish situations between Lucy and Ricky Ricardo and Fred and Ethel Mertz.
A few years after the series ended, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball divorced in 1960Lucy soon bought Desi’s stake in the couple’s production company, Desilu Productions. In collaboration with Amazon and Escape Artists Productions, Aaron Sorkin will bring the work and life struggles of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz to the screen at Being the ricardos.
8 It was originally titled “Lucy and Desi” starring Cate Blanchett.
Variety reported in 2017 that Cate Blanchett was going to play Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s next movie. At that time, the project was called Lucy and desi, and it had already been in the works for at least a couple of years.
There is no consensus on why Blanchett will no longer play Ball, but Blanchett has previously expressed a desire to focus on other things besides acting. However, a full list from IMDb until 2022 it says otherwise.
7 Nicole Kidman is Lucy and Javier Bardem is Desi
Javier Bardem has been talked about for the role of Desi for quite some time, and Nicole Kidman will fill in for Cate Blanchett in the role of Lucille Ball. In January 2021, contract negotiations were not finalized for the main players. Lucie Arnaz, however, claimed that the casting is “a done deal” in a Facebook video shared by Entertainment tonight.
6 The setting for the film is a recreation of the I Love Lucy production
Viewers curious about the movie’s setting may be happy to learn that the timeline will be one week in production on I love lucy. This involves the nuts and bolts of completing a single episode of the legendary sitcom.
5 Nicole Kidman is ready to play Lucille Ball
Variety shared Nicole Kidman’s feelings about the upcoming project. Kidman said, “With Aaron’s words and his direction and Javier … that’s a wonderful perspective … But oh, come on. Give it a try. Do my best, see if I can do it.”
The seasoned actress has been preparing for the role by watching episodes of I love lucy. Kidman called Lucille Ball “an amazing woman” and expressed her excitement for viewers to see Aaron’s research and Desi and Lucy’s rich performance.
4 Potential viewers would rather see Debra Messing play Lucille
Some I love lucy Fans took to social media to share their thoughts on Being the Ricardos foundry. Nicole Kidman hasn’t been a fan favorite for the movie, until now. A Twitter thread involved Debra Messing, whom fans envisioned for the role due to her portrayal of Lucy in an episode of Will and grace.
Messing certainly looked good when he imitated Lucy, and one Twitter user wrote: “Choose to believe @DebraMessing was unavailable or something.” Messing replied, “Oh no, I’m available.”
3 The Arnaz are involved
Children of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. are the producers of Being the ricardos. His involvement gives the film a sense of family empowerment and it could also mean that the scenes could be drawn from With love Lucy as much as A book, The respective autobiographies of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
Lucie Arnaz has been outspoken about the project due to complaints from fans about the casting. In his Facebook video, shared by Entertainment tonight, Arnaz emphasized that the project is not a recreation of I love lucy. It is “a slice of life” between Arnaz’s mother and father, “not a biopic from the cradle to the grave.”
2 Fred and Ethel Mertz have yet to be cast
Despite all the pieces of the project that Lucie Arnaz is sure of, it is still unknown who will play Fred and Ethel Mertz. The Mertzes are the Ricardos’ neighbors and dearest friends on the show, and fans have laughed for decades at the antics between the two couples.
As the film will focus more on the lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz than the sitcom characters Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, there are a few questions that need to be answered about the Mertzes. What scenes with Fred and Ethel could the production set reproduce? Also, how much light will be shed on the actors who played them, William Frawley and Vivian Vance?
one Production has not started yet
In early 2021, production in Being the ricardos has not yet started. No reports on future development have been shared, and no one knows when filming will begin or when the film will be released.
The project has been in talks for so long that a few extra months of waiting may not seem like a long time in the long run. In any case, longtime fans and historians, both from I love lucy and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are eager to see the finished product.
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