Cate Blanchett is set to star in a biopic based on the life of comedienne Lucille Ball, to be penned by Aaron Sorkin. Read on to find out more.
The authorized biopic based on the life of Lucille Ball will be produced by Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., who are the actress’ children with co-star Desi Arnaz. The two produced the beloved “I Love Lucy,” which ran for ten years in its various incarnations: “The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour,” “The Lucy Show,” “Here’s Lucy,” and “Life with Lucy.” “I Love Lucy” was America’s most watched television series for four of its six season run, and is regarded as ‘Best TV Show’ of all time in a survey conducted by People Magazine. The siblings will collaborate with Escape Artists to produce the film.
According to TheWrap, the film will chronicle Ball’s twenty-year marriage to Arnaz. The couple divorced in 1960, after which Ball famously became the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu; a studio which has gone on to produce hits like “Mission Impossible” and “Star Trek.”
Though Sorkin has not started writing the script yet, according to Hollywood Reporter, sources indicate that he is the first choice for production house Escape Artists. Sorkin is best known for having written the courtroom drama “A Few Good Men,” and has also received the Academy Award for “The Social Network.”
Blanchett has already played a beloved American icon as Katherine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator,” for which she received the Academy Award for best supporting actress in 2005. We cannot wait to see her take on Lucille Ball.
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