Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are negotiating to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in an Aaron Sorkin film about the two legendary "I Love Lucy" stars.
Deadline.com reports that Kidman, 53, and Bardem, 51, would play the married couple in "Being the Ricardos," chronicling the production of an episode of the classic 1951-57 CBS sitcom about bandleader Ricky Ricardo and his wacky wife, Lucy. Over the course of a week, from Monday table-read to Friday filming before a live audience, Ball and Arnaz face a crisis affecting both their personal and professional lives.
Sorkin, 59, who won an Academy Award for writing "The Social Network" (2010) and earned nominations for "Moneyball" (2011) and "Molly's Game" (2017), has written the script and will direct. He previously directed "Molly's Game" as well as last year's Netflix movie "The Trial of the Chicago 7."
The film will be produced by Amazon Studios and Escape Artists. Ball and Arnaz's children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., are among the executive producers. Cate Blanchett initially had shown interest in playing Lucille Ball, Deadline said.
A start date for production is uncertain due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"I Love Lucy," which won two Emmy Awards for best comedy series, was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1991, the only program in a list otherwise reserved for individual performers, producers and executives. Ball, Arnaz and co-stars William Frawley and Vivian Vance separately were inducted.