Cate Blanchett to Star in Lucille Ball Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin
Cate Blanchett won an Oscar as Katharine Hepburn. So how about one for playing Lucille Ball?
Word from TheWrap says Blanchett will try to turn playing famous redheads of Hollywood history into an full-fledged wing of her career as she takes on the starring role in an authorized biopic about the I Love Lucy star. Adding further intrigue to the project is the fact that The Social Network and upcoming Steve Jobs writer Aaron Sorkin has been tapped to write the screenplay. According to TheWrap the film...
...will chronicle Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz, with whom she starred on the classic TV sitcom I Love Lucy. Ball had two children with Arnaz before they divorced in 1960. She married Gary Morton the following year.
Blanchett doesn’t seem like an obvious choice to play Lucille Ball, the irrepressible star of one of television’s most beloved sitcoms. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned watching Blanchett onscreen in the last couple years, it’s that she can do basically everything. She was regal in the Hobbit movies, pompous (but with just the right touch of desperation) in Cinderella, and teetering on the edge of sanity in Blue Jasmine (which won her a second Academy Award).
Embodying an icon like Lucille Ball sounds like a serious acting challenge, but Cate Blanchett eats serious acting challenges for breakfast (and then turns them into amazing performances before lunch). Throw in a Sorkin script and that great dialogue for her to work with, and you have a formidable combination that will be hard not to love (Lucy).