It seems like a few years ago, news came out that the GOAT Cate Blanchett would be playing Lucille Ball for an upcoming biopic, Lucy and Desi. That was all the news we had, until now.
According to Deadline, Blanchett will in fact star in Lucy and Desi, and the Aaron Sorkin-penned story will head to Amazon Studios:
The project has been percolating a couple years. Escape Artists Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will produce. I’m told that there is already movement toward finding a big star to play Ball’s former husband Desi Arnaz, with names like Javier Bardem in the mix, as well as for Fred and Ethel, the quartet behind one of TV’s classic early sitcoms. The subjects’ children, Lucie Luckinbill and Desi Arnaz Jr are all involved in the authorized telling of the tempestuous love/business relationship between Arnaz and Ball, whose production company launched such series as Star Trek. The rights package empowers the use of memoirs written by both Ball and Arnaz, rights their children have controlled since their parents died.
There you have it. I’m not entirely sold on Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz. He doesn’t really look like Desi. Of course there are makeup tricks to employ, and Bardem could alter his appearance. It still doesn’t see like it would be enough.
Blanchett, on the other hand, will be absolutely perfect as one of the pioneering Queens of Comedy. Sorkin on board ensures Lucy and Desi will not eschew the controversial, tempestuous relationship of these two icons.
Stay tuned for more updates!