Cate Blanchett to Star in Lucille Ball Biopic From Aaron Sorkin

Cate Blanchett Lucille Ball Biopic
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Cate Blanchett will star as Lucille Ball in a biopic that’s being produced by her two children — Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. — and Escape Artists.

Aaron Sorkin is in talks to write the script, which will center on Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz. She eloped with the Cuban bandleader in 1940, and the two created the massively successful sitcom “I Love Lucy” in 1951 through their Desilu Productions. She won four Emmys for the role.

Ball also gave birth to her daughter in 1951 and to her son in 1953. Ball and Arnaz divorced in 1960, and Ball began running Desilu Productions in 1962. She died in 1989.

Jenna Block will oversee development of the project at Sony-based Escape Artists. No director or other cast is attached yet.

Blanchett has won Academy Awards for “The Aviator” and “Blue Jasmine.” She’s starring in Todd Haynes’ romance “Carol,” which premiered at Cannes, and will be seen with Robert Redford in the Dan Rather drama “Truth,” which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival.

Sorkin wrote “Steve Jobs,” which Universal opens Oct. 9, and recently turned in the script for Sony’s “Molly’s Game.” Escape Artists produced Jake Gyllenhaal’s boxing drama “Southpaw.”

Blanchett is represented by CAA and RGM Artists. WME represents Sorkin. The news was first reported by the Wrap.

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  1. Ryan C. says:

    Really excited for this! Small correction though: Lucille Ball won two Emmys for “I Love Lucy,” not four. The other two she won for her work on “The Lucy Show.”

  2. Kevin Joy says:

    I would have liked to have seen Christina Applegate as Lucille. I think she would absolutely kill it.

  3. John says:

    And all of a sudden everyone here is the perfect casting director. Just wait and see what Blanchet does. I’m pretty sure they didn’t gave the part to here without testing. Just wait and see what she’ll do with the part before judging.

  4. Ebenezer says:

    OUTSTANDING casting.

  5. a. says:

    hello.
    Miss Blanchett is wonderful.
    this being said; to me, Miss Debra Messing
    will make a Fabulous Miss Lucille Ball (and
    possibly a Good Miss Rita Hayworth, too).
    Good blessings for us All
    .]
    a.

  6. No I don`t think shes the right person. I love Cate Blanchett but surely there are a lot of other actresses out there that look like her and can act as well as Cate.

  7. Bill B. says:

    She’s a great actress, but what odd casting.

  8. Iván el Terrible says:

    Another biopic by Aaron Sorkin. For God’s sake, NO! We had enough with the horrendous Social Network.

  9. Ken says:

    Wow. This was unexpected! Ms. Blanchett – a genius – is fearless. Not too sure about the involvement of Aaron Sorkin, however. Did people speak 4,000 words-per-minute back in the 40s and 50s?

  10. Paul says:

    Seriously? I’m not questioning Cate’s acting abilities, but someone really needs to get Debra Messing in the role. I don’t think anyone else could play Lucy better.

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