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Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s relationship receives the Hollywood treatment in new film, ‘Being the Ricardos’

Being the Ricardos film

In honour of iconic Old Hollywood romances, we're taking a trip down memory lane to remember American sitcom darlings, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the new film, Being the Ricardos.

As reported by Deadline, Australian sweetheart Nicole Kidman has been rumoured to portray Ball, with Javier Bardem negotiating the role of Arnaz. Being the Ricardos will follow the iconic duo's on and off-screen relationship over the course of a week of production for I Love Lucy. Beginning with a table read of the 1950s sitcom on Monday morning, to the live-audience filming that Friday, Deadline teases that amongst the chaos, the pair will "face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage."

For those unfamiliar with the famous couple, Ball and Arnaz's marriage made headlines in 1940 when they wed after only six months of knowing one another. From there on in, Ball and Arnaz managed a famously tumultuous marriage in the public eye; four years later, Ball filling for divorce after Arnaz's reported infidelity. Surprisingly, the pair never separated, going on to star in I Love Lucy from 1951-1957 before confirming their split and divorce in 1960.

Very little details are known of the film thus far, with current delays due the Coronavirus pandemic likely impacting proposed release dates and a tentative production timeline. What we do know is that Aaron Sorkin will write both the screenplay and direct the film, which is being produced in part by Amazon Studios; meaning we will likely be able to watch Being the Ricardos through the giant's streaming platform Prime Video. Ball and Arnaz's children, Lucie and Desi Arnaz, Jr. are listed as executive producers on the film, which will bring a sense of authenticity and lived experience to the story.

Watch this space for more details to come.

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