The long-awaited Lucille Ball biopic may feature a new Lucy and Desi Arnaz.
Variety reports that Nicole Kidman, 53, and Javier Bardem, 51, are in talks to play the married couple, who starred in “I Love Lucy” and were also Hollywood producers in an upcoming film.
Aaron Sorkin will direct the film “Being the Ricardo”, which he also wrote.
Cate Blanchett was originally attached to the project, as recently as in 2017 when Amazon was acquired. Ball is played on TV and on stage by Gillian Anderson and Sarah Drew.
Frances Fisher played Ball in the only other film about her life in the entirety of 1991 as “Lucy and Desi: Before the Laughter,” which was panned by critics.
Sorkin’s film is said to occur during the episode “I Love Lucy”, a Monday night table read and live-audience shoot, when Lucy and Desi’s relationship is almost settled.
Ball died in 1989 at the age of 77, while Arnaz died in 1986 at the age of 69.
“Being Ricardos” has no release date yet, and catches on most productions in Hollywood during the coronovirus epidemic.