Being the Ricardos casts Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball and Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz
Academy Award-winning actors Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are in talks to join director Aaron Sorkin’s next project, Being the Ricardos.
The film will follow Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in their marriage and careers, which were made famous in their sitcom, I Love Lucy, in which they played the Ricardos.
Deadline provides the following description:
The film is set during one production week of I Love Lucy — Monday table read through Friday audience filming— when Lucy and Desi face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.
Sources report that Sorkin originally did not intend to direct the project, only write, but after enjoying the directing experience on the Netflix-acquired historical drama elected to take the director’s chair this past summer.
Sources also report that though their deals have yet to be closed, Kidman and Bardem became interested in the project following the release of The Trial of the Chicago 7 and that a production start date has yet to be set as the pandemic continues to prove to be a problem to productions across the country.
The project was previously in development with Cate Blanchett set to star, though it’s unclear why the two-time Oscar winner dropped out.
Twitter users were quick to criticize the casting news, especially in regard to Nicole Kidman playing Lucille Ball, with some saying that Debra Messing should have been cast as she famously played her on an episode of Will & Grace.