Photos of Nicole Kidman channeling ‘I Love Lucy’ sitcom star Lucille Ball were released, showing the ‘Aquaman’ actress with a wig on the set of ‘Being the Ricardos.’
Nicole Kidman on set as Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin's 'Being the Ricardos' pic.twitter.com/7zD1k6REor
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“She’s an amazing woman,” Kidman said of Ball in an interview with Variety. “I’m very excited for people to see what Aaron found out about her and the way he’s interpreted Desi and Lucy and the way that it’s so rich. I didn’t know any of this.”
The movie is a biopic that also stars Javier Bardem as Cuban-American actor Desi Arnaz, Ball’s divorced husband, co-star, and business partner. ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ director Aaron Sorkin is set to helm the project.
Some fans expressed a lack of enthusiasm over the casting choices of Kidman and Bardem, respectively. However, Lucille and Desi’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, who is also executive producing the movie, reassured fans that the casting was done with great care.
“My brother Desi and I signed on because this is a story of our folk’s real-life passionate, tempestuous and complicated relationship and not a recreation of I Love Lucy—no one could do that,” she said according to E Magazine. “We felt exploring that relationship could be an enlightening challenge. We asked Amazon for the best and we got it with every hire. Aaron Sorkin has not told this tale as a ‘cradle to grave’ biopic. Instead, he’s chosen to illuminate a snippet of time during an incredibly intense period of their show’s enduring success.”
Sorkin also defended the casting.
“I think that the people thought that we’ve cast them as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo,” the director said according to People Magazine. “The film takes place during a production week of ‘I Love Lucy’ – a Monday table read to Friday audience taping, with a whole bunch of long flashbacks which are telling the story that got us here – and because there’s a table read, there’s rehearsals and then there’s tape night, we do see moments of them being Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.”
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