Lucille Ball Biopic in the Works with Cate Blanchett and Aaron Sorkin

By September 2, 2015
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Cate Blanchett has become one of the most reliable, and versatile actresses in Hollywood history. After her two Oscar wins for Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, she always seems to be in awards consideration whenever she has a new movie released. She’s already gaining quite a lot of Oscar buzz as well for her new film, Carola lesbian-romance movie co-starring Rooney Mara that premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival earlier this year.

However, she’s not one of those actresses who only goes after Oscar bait roles. Every new character she plays doesn’t seem anything like what she’s done before, and it seems like she only chooses projects she actually likes, and it never feels like Blanchett ever picks a movie solely based on its paycheck.

It looks like she’s about to make some new waves yet again too. According to a new report by TheWrap, Blanchett is reportedly set to play iconic Hollywood legend, Lucille Ball, in a new film written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin. The film will focus on Ball’s 20 year marriage to her I Love Lucy co-star, Desi Arnaz, and their divorce in 1960, before getting her second marriage to Gary Morton the following year. Lucy Arnaz Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr are set to produce the film with the Sony-based company, Escape Artists.

While no director has been chosen for the project yet, it’s almost like this movie just announced itself as an Awards contender for whatever year it is released in. Along with having an actress like Cate Blanchett already set to play an entertainment icon – Aaron Sorkin has solidified himself as one of the greatest screenwriters in the entertainment industry’s history. With his work on films like A Few Good Men, The Social Network, Moneyball, as well as TV shows like The West Wing and The Newsroom, he’s almost created his own genre at this point.

His latest film, Steve Jobs, is set to be released later this year as well and is almost certainly going to be a heavy-hitter at the Awards shows later this year, so pairing him with Blanchett almost seems like a match made in Heaven. Whoever the studio chooses to direct and play Arnaz opposite Blanchett will be very interesting as well, and this also marks the first project where Sorkin will be writing a film set over 50 years ago, with most of his projects remaining in the 90s or contemporary eras. While the project still has a long way to go before we even begin to hear more about it though, if one thing’s for sure – it looks like this will be one to watch out for.

Considering what Blanchett did with Katharine Hepburn’s iconic voice in The Aviator too, I can only imagine what her Lucille Ball will be like.

The Lucille Ball Biopic is currently in development.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable