Nicole Kidman Replaces Cate Blanchett As the Australian Hollywood Wants to Play Lucille Ball

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Today in “news that will make Debra Messing post something she’ll later regret,” Nicole Kidman is in negotiations to don her latest in a series of red wigs to play Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s film Being the Ricardos. Deadline reports that Javier Bardem is in talks to star opposite Kidman as Ball’s on-and-offscreen husband, Desi Arnaz. Sorkin will direct his screenplay for Amazon Studios. According to Deadline, “The film is set during one production week of I Love Lucy — Monday table read through Friday audience filming,” so we’re getting Studio 60 vibes already. The film will center on Ball and Arnaz facing a crisis that may wreck their marriage and careers. More like Vitameatavegemite! Get it? Because she’s Australian?

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem Will Play Lucy and Desi