Lucille Ball biopic with Cate Blanchett taking shape.
I missed Lucille Ball’s 106th birthday this weekend because I was drinking & thotting, but Happy Belated!
Also: I hope drag queens realize they owe their overlined lips to Miss Lucy.
Anyway, while I was looking for a picture, I came across this Deadline item about a biopic with Cate Blanchett attached to star as Lucy herself.
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios has acquired Lucy and Desi, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted drama from Escape Artists that has Cate Blanchett attached to star as TV’s pioneering star Lucille Ball. The feature project has been percolating a couple years. Escape Artists Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will produce.
I’m told that there already is movement toward finding a big star to play Ball’s former husband Desi Arnaz, with names like Javier Bardem in the mix, as well as for Fred and Ethel — originally played by William Frawley and Vivian Vance — who rounded out the quartet behind one of TV’s classic early sitcoms.
I’m here for it! I think Cate is one of the few actress who really has the range to pull off Lucy’s humor, her up & down relationship with Desi, and her groundbreaking position as the first woman to lead a major production studio. And just so y'all can get a sense of how legendary Lucille Ball really is (outside of her timeless sitcom which *still* holds up today better than most comedies from even 15 years ago) here are a few bulletpoints about Lucy the businesswoman: