Amazon Buys Lucille Ball Biopic Starring Cate Blanchett

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Amazon Studios has acquired the Lucille Ball biopic “Lucy and Desi,” with Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett attached to star.

Aaron Sorkin has written the script. Escape Artists is the production company with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch producing.

The producers are seeking a star to play Ball’s husband Desi Arnaz as well as Vivian Vance and William Frawley, who played  Fred and Ethel Mertz in the landmark sitcom “I Love Lucy.”

The project attracted Blanchett and Sorkin two years ago. “Lucy and Desi” 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.

Blanchett has won Academy Awards for “The Aviator” and “Blue Jasmine.”

The “Lucy and Desi” project also involves the two children from the marriage — Lucie Luckinbill and Desi Arnaz Jr. — and includes rights to the use of memoirs written by both Ball and Arnaz. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. Marlene says:

    Cate is a wonderful actress, perfect choice for Lucy

  2. Enny says:

    How can you not choose an American to play Lucille Ball?????

  3. Wonderful choice, wonderful writer! I can’t wait!

  4. Seveniron says:

    Who ever says Cate Blanchett ISN’T funny does not follow her, period. Go on youtube and you’ll see she’s Perfect for this role- she can even do the wide stretch lips ala Lucy.

  5. cowgirldiva says:

    I always thought someone like Debra Messing would play Lucy in a biopic…!!

  6. cowgirldiva says:

    I always through Debra Messing would play Lucy in a biopic..!

  7. TV viewer in Los Angeles says says:

    Go with two unknowns, or even four. Teach them, inspire them, and appreciate them. It will work.

  8. The Truth from Ruth says:

    Oscar Isaac. Desi was six years younger than Luci, so his youth isn’t a problem. And he can act every bit as well as she can…probably better

  9. Skeptic says:

    Aaron Sorkin makes all his characters sound alike. Cate is also terrible casting. She is not funny, her face is completely wrong, as well. The story was made on TV twice, and neither attempt was that good, but I suspect they will be better than this. Both of the actresses were better casting for Ball, as well.

  10. Clayton Evans says:

    Bobby Cannavale.

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