Amazon Studios has acquired Aaron Sorkin's Lucille Ball biopic starring Cate Blanchett

Posted August 09, 2017

Actress Cate Blanchett is attached to play Lucille Ball in the film, which has been stuck in development hell for several years. A resident of Jamestown, New York, her legacy was the inspiration for the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center comedy museum and the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, both of which take place in her hometown.

Almost two years after it was revealed that Oscar-winning producer Aaron Sorkin started work on writing the script for an authorized Lucille Ball biopic, they've finally found the actress who will play the iconic star in the film - Lord of the Rings franchise star Cate Blanchett. Lucy and Desi also has the blessing of the couple's adult children. Associates of the couple say that Arnaz was a regular drinker and womanizer and that Ball herself became dictatorial on the set of her show, the two sometimes clashing violently at home and elsewhere. The Australian actress might not be known for her comedic roles, but as Ball said herself: "I'm not amusing".

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Ball was the first woman in Hollywood to own a studio, Desilu Productions, which produced Star Trek.

Blanchett has won two Academy Awards, and is now filming the film adaptation of the novel Where'd You Go, Bernadette? The project has always been of interest, not least of all because in addition to its Oscar winning star, it also has a screenplay by another Oscar victor, Aaron Sorkin of The Social Network, Moneyball, and Steve Jobs fame. Producers are reportedly eyeing Javier Bardem and other big names to star in the biopic, Deadline reported.