Being the Ricardos
Directed byAaron Sorkin
Produced by
Written byAaron Sorkin
Starring
CinematographyJeff Cronenweth
Edited byAlan Baumgarten
Production
companies
Distributed byAmazon Studios
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Being the Ricardos is an upcoming American biographical drama film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. The film will star Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem in the main roles.

Premise

Takes place over the course of a week during production of I Love Lucy, which sees Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz encounter a crisis that could jeopardize their careers and marriage.

Cast

Production

The project was first announced in September 2015, with Cate Blanchett announced to star as Lucille Ball and Aaron Sorkin writing the screenplay.[1] The film would be acquired by Amazon Studios in August 2017.[2]

Production was originally given a tax credit to film in California in November 2019,[3] and producers were revealed to be meeting with directors in January 2020.[4] However, by January 2021, Blanchett had exited the project, with Nicole Kidman in negotiations to replace her and Javier Bardem in negotiations to portray Desi Arnaz. Sorkin, having enjoyed the experience of directing The Trial of the Chicago 7, had elected to serve as director himself.[5] The casting of Kidman was met with some controvery on social media, to which Lucie Arnaz spoke out in defence of Kidman's casting.[6] In February, J. K. Simmons and Nina Arianda were cast to portray William Frawley and Vivian Vance respectively.[7]

Filming began on March 29, 2021, in Los Angeles, with Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jake Lacy, and Clark Gregg added to the cast.[8][9] The production cancelled filming at Chateau Marmont due to backlash against the establishment.[10]

References

  1. ^ Hipes, Patrick (September 2, 2015). "Cate Blanchett Attached To Lucille Ball Biopic With Aaron Sorkin In Talks To Write; Who Should Play Desi?". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 29, 2020. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  2. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (August 7, 2017). "Amazon Studios Boards 'Lucy And Desi'; Aaron Sorkin Scripting, Cate Blanchett To Play Lucille Ball". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 7, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  3. ^ Patten, Dominic (November 12, 2019). "Brad Pitt, Kerry Washington & Cate Blanchett Projects Among 13 Films Scoring California Tax Credits". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 21, 2020. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  4. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (January 14, 2020). "Amazon "Meeting With Directors" For Aaron Sorkin's Lucille Ball Feature Starring Cate Blanchett – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 3, 2020. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 11, 2021). "Nicole Kidman And Javier Bardem Eyed To Play Lucille Ball And Desi Arnaz With Aaron Sorkin Directing 'Being The Ricardos' For Amazon Studios". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 28, 2021. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  6. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (January 19, 2021). "Lucille Ball's Daughter Defends Nicole Kidman Casting For Aaron Sorkin's 'Being The Ricardos'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 28, 2021. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 9, 2021). "J.K. Simmons And Nina Arianda Join Amazon's Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Pic 'Being The Ricardos'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (March 29, 2021). "'Being The Ricardos' Adds Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jake Lacy, More To Cast As Production Begins". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 29, 2021. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  9. ^ Lattanzio, Ryan (March 29, 2021). "Aaron Sorkin, Nicole Kidman's Lucille Ball Movie Now Filming with Fincher DP Jeff Cronenweth". IndieWire. Archived from the original on March 30, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  10. ^ Baum, Gary (April 22, 2021). "Aaron Sorkin's Lucy-Desi Movie Scraps Chateau Marmont Shoot Amid Boycott (Exclusive)". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 22, 2021.