A few weeks ago, it was announced that Amazon had managed to bag themselves the rights for the Aaron Sorkin drama biopic, Lucy and Desi. Now, in even more exciting news, it’s been revealed that Cate Blanchett (yep, the Academy Award winning actress and all-around goddess) will be stepping onto set as Lucille Ball. And if that’s not the perfect casting choice, we don’t know what is.
The Lucy and Desi biopic has been written by The Social Network screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin and has been based on the memoirs written by Lucille and Desi Arnaz’s children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., who will also serve as producers on the biopic. So far, it’s not been revealed who will star as Desi, but it has been reported that Javier Bardem could in talks with Amazon to join the team…
But for us, Cate Blanchett is the perfect Lucy and the perfect actress to star in the story that will tell-all about the icon who appeared in numerous TV sitcoms, such as: I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, Here’s Lucy and Life With Lucy. (Reckon her name is Lucy?) The biopic will tell the epic love story between Arnaz and Ball, the ups and downs of their 20-year marriage and their careers and business dealings.
Throughout her career, Ball became one of the most prolific celebrities. After starting out as a model in 1929, Ball was soon picked up to star in numerous Broadway production before making her way into the movie circuit in the 30s and 40s. During this time, she met the handsome bandleader, Desi Arnaz, and the two decided to elope. Eleven years later, Ball and Arnaz debuted the iconic I Love Lucy show onto our screens – one of the greatest shows of all time. But as well as being an actress, Lucille also made a name for herself as the first woman in history to run her own television studio – one which produced major TV series such as Star Trek and Mission Impossible. With 4 Primetime Emmy Awards, one Golden Globe Award, one Women in Film Crystal Award and numerous other honors, Ball is one of the most celebrated women in the world of acting – so it makes sense that Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett take over her role.
Thankfully, this isn’t the first time Blanchett has had to take on the role of a powerful woman (well, ANOTHER powerful woman, considering she’s already pretty iconic). In 2004, Blanchett appeared in The Aviator as Katharine Hepburn, as well as her Oscar award-winning performance as a New York Socialite in the 2013 Blue Jasmine. She’s got this. No problem, boss.