|Being the Ricardos|
|Directed by||Aaron Sorkin|
|Written by||Aaron Sorkin|
|Edited by||Alan Baumgarten|
|Distributed by||Amazon Studios|
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.
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.
The project was first announced in September 2015, with Cate Blanchett announced to star as Lucille Ball and Aaron Sorkin writing the screenplay. The film would be acquired by Amazon Studios in August 2017.
Production was originally given a tax credit to film in California in November 2019, and producers were revealed to be meeting with directors in January 2020. 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. The casting of Kidman was met with some controvery on social media, to which Lucie Arnaz spoke out in defence of Kidman's casting. In February, J. K. Simmons and Nina Arianda were cast to portray William Frawley and Vivian Vance respectively.
Filming began on March 29, 2021, in Los Angeles, with Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jake Lacy, and Clark Gregg added to the cast. The production cancelled filming at Chateau Marmont due to backlash against the establishment.