Get ready to see America’s favorite redhead on the big screen. The rights to a new biopic about Lucille Ball were just snapped up by Amazon, and come with a seal of approval from Ball and Desi Arnaz’s children. According to THR, Cate Blanchett (“Carol”) is already in talks to play Ball.
The film will focus on the life of the iconic comedienne, who starred and produced the beloved sitcoms “I Love Lucy” and all its later spinoffs. She was married to fellow costar Desi Arnaz for over 20 years, and eventually became one of the first female studio heads in Hollywood via their joint production company, Desilu Productions. She won four Emmys during her lifetime, along with the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1979. She was a key icon of the 1950s and was a trailblazer for female comediennes, portraying a wife who made her own decision in a time when TV wives were supposed to smile prettily and obey their husbands. She’s also known for her role in greenlighting the original “Star Trek” show, which was produced by Desilu Productions.
The drama’s script was written by Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the critically acclaimed “The Social Network,” “Moneyball,” “Steve Jobs,” and his seminal TV series “The West Wing.” Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., Lucy and Desi’s children, will both produce the film with Escape Artists’ Jenna Block. Blanchett, who’s in talks to play Lucy, has won two Oscars for her roles in “Blue Jamie” and “The Aviator.” She’s best known for her roles in “Carol,” “Cinderella,” and “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” series.
No further casting details or premiere date have been released.