Will there be a Lucille Ball biopic? Cate Blanchett recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about a possible Lucy-Desi movie.
The project, which has been in development for years, comes from Aaron Sorkin and centers on the love story between I Love Lucy stars and husband-and-wife team Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
Blanchett, who is in talks to portray Ball, said the movie is still in early stages:
Lucie Arnaz has been incredibly, unbelievably generous. We met a few years ago and started talking about this and now Aaron Sorkin is in advanced talks to adapt her mother and father’s story. It’s incredible. I mean, you want to talk about astonishing women who have made a lasting impact? You walk onto a film set and you’ve got the female bathrooms called “Lucy” and the male bathrooms called “Desi.” [Laughs] She was the first female studio head, for goodness sake, and a mother and she broke all the rules and changed comedy and was this incredible actress. And then you’ve got this amazing love story between these two people. He’s Cuban and he’s younger than her.”
She added that the biopic has to get the story right:
As soon as possible! I’ve read a lot of films — and made a few — that have ended up being biopics. In the end, this has to be so much more than that. The directorial vision of it will be absolutely vital. It’s terrifying. But like all good things, it’s equally terrifying and exciting.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of I Love Lucy? Do you think Blanchett is right for the part of Lucille Ball?