Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Health Care | By Jan Bell

Amazon acquires Aaron Sorkin's Lucille Ball biopic

Amazon acquires Aaron Sorkin's Lucille Ball biopic

Deadline reports that the flick, called "Lucy and Desi", is now casting to find its other titular star, with producers reportedly looking for a big name to play Ball's on- and off-screen husband, Desi Arnaz.

Blanchett is yet to sign on the dotted line, but the USA trade publication The Hollywood Reporter says the 48-year-old Melbourne-born actress is close.

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In fact, there's been talk of the Carole star playing legendary comic actress Lucille Ball since 2015. While little is known about what the series will depict, the pioneering comedienne and her relationship with Desi Arnaz has been a point of discussion for over half a century. Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., her children with first husband (and I Love Lucy co-star) Desi Arnaz, will produce the film with Escape Artists.

Blanchett's next film, 'Thor: "Ragnarok" sees the two-time Academy Award victor in a very new role, as Hela the goddess of death. The Australian actress might not be known for her comedic roles, but as Ball said herself: "I'm not amusing".

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It's unclear if any of it will be filmed in Ball's hometown of Celeron, N.Y., which famously replaced a "Scary Lucy" statue with a more flattering likeness last year and celebrates her birthday every year at the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy in nearby Jamestown. Lucy and Desi also has the blessing of the couple's adult children.

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There are discussions underway as to who will portray the important role of Arnaz, with Deadline adding Javier Bardem's name into the mix as a potential candidate.

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