Cate Blanchett to star in Lucille Ball biopic written by Aaron Sorkin
Lucille Ball is getting the biopic she deserves. The legendary actress and comedian will be brought to life in a new project starring Cate Blanchett and written by Aaron Sorkin, EW confirmed.
The movie will be produced by Ball’s two children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., and will track Ball’s life over the course of her 20-year marriage with I Love Lucy costar Desi Arnaz. Two TV movies have been about Ball: Lucy (2003), starring Rachel York, and Lucy & Desi (1991) with Frances Fisher and Maurice Bernard as the leads.
Leading the Escape Artists (Southpaw) project are a pair of Oscar winners. Blanchett has nabbed two Academy Awards, one for Best Supporting Actress in The Aviator and a Best Actress for Blue Jasmine. Sorkin, the creator of The West Wing, earned his Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Social Network. Sorkin has another high-profile biopic bowing soon: Steve Jobs, out Oct. 9, starring Michael Fassbender.
Neither Sorkin’s reps nor Blanchett’s reps immediately responded to EW’s request for comment.
The Wrap first reported this story.
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Writer-director Aaron Sorkin's biopic offers a behind-the-scenes look at Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz during a week of production of I Love Lucy that sees their careers and marriage put at risk.