Image from E! OnlineBy Darian Scalamoni
Back in 2015, there were rumblings of a Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz biopic that was scripted by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network) but here we are in 2017 with no news other than two-time Oscar winner, Cate Blanchett being attached to play Ball. Now, according to a report from Collider, Amazon has acquired the rights for the planned biopic as the studio looks to find someone to play Arnaz.
The current rumor is that another former Oscar-winner, Javier Bardem is the favorite for Desi in the movie which is titled simply, Lucy and Desi. The film will follow the couple’s twenty-year marriage, their time as co-stars in one of the biggest television shows of all-time (I Love Lucy) and their lives after getting a divorce in 1960. I’m incredibly excited that this movie is finally gaining some steam with Blanchett and Sorkin still attached. Bardem would add another layer to this and I think he’d be a great Desi Arnaz to Blanchett’s Lucille Ball.
Blanchett is set to star in Thor: Ragnarok as the villainous Hela and has an even bigger 2018 upcoming starring in Ocean’s Eight, the live-action Jungle Book directed by Andy Serkis and Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Bardem will be seen later this year in Darren Aronofsky’s mother!
What do you guys think about Lucy and Desi? Are you excited about Blanchett and possibly Bardem starring in the film? How do you feel about Amazon acquiring another high-profile project? Comment below and let us know!