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Cate Blanchett Set To Star As Lucille Ball In New Biopic

We love this news almost as much as we love Lucy.

Lucille Ball is the latest star to get the biopic treatment, with Cate Blanchett slated to take on the lead role and Aaron Sorkin penning the script.  

Ball's two children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., are producing the project, according to The Wrap, which will focus on their mother's career and marriage to their father, "I Love Lucy" co-star Desi Arnaz. Arnaz played Ricky Ricardo -- an exaggerated, fictitious version of himself -- on the sitcom. 

The Sony-based company Escape Artists will produce the film, though there's no word yet on when it will be released. 

Ball's life has been memorialized onscreen before, but not quite at this scale. Back in 1991, CBS aired "Lucy and Desi: Before the Laughter," and then in 2003, CBS distributed the simply titled "Lucy," which The New York Times called "neither offensive or laughably bad," but, "respectful and a bit dull."

Hopefully this project gets all the love it deserves. 

H/T to The Wrap.

 

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