Deadline reported in Jan. 2020 that during the Amazon executive session at TCA, Jennifer Salke gave updates and teases on the slate of projects at the streaming platform. One of them was the Lucille Ball biopic written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett as the Hollywood icon. Salke said the feature is "very much active" and they are currently working with Sorkin, Blanchett and producer Todd Black. She adds that they're also meeting with directors, but didn't name any particular filmmakers in the running.
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When asked about this project, Australian actress Cate Blanchett told the Hollywood Reporter in Oct. 2018 that she has been obsessed with Lucille Ball for a long time. "You step onto a film set in America and the male and female bathrooms on a film set are called Desi and Lucy," she said. "Such is her influence." She added the film is a work in progress that she is very excited about.
It was announced in Aug. 2017 that Amazon scooped up the rights to the Lucille Ball biopic written by Aaron Sorkin and that Cate Blanchett was in talks to star.
It was reported in January 2021 that Cate Blanchett had dropped out and been replaced by Nicole Kidman. Both actresses are Australian, and Blanchett provided a voice-over; at Kidman's suggestion; for her film Eyes Wide Shut (1999).
The role of Lucille Ball was originally offered to Cate Blanchett. In addition to being a TV star in her own right, Ball's company Desilu also produced Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). Blanchett has appeared with two actors from the rebooted Star Trek (2009): Karl Urban and Benedict Cumberbatch, jointly in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and separately in the Middle-Earth films.
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