Variety is reporting that Cate Blanchett will star as Lucille Ball in a biopic that’s being produced by her two children — Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. — and Escape Artists.
Aaron Sorkin is in talks to write the script, which will center on Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz. She eloped with the Cuban bandleader in 1940, and the two created the massively successful sitcom “I Love Lucy” in 1951 through their Desilu Productions. She won four Emmys for the role.
Ball also gave birth to her daughter in 1951 and to her son in 1953. Ball and Arnaz divorced in 1960, and Ball began running Desilu Productions in 1962. She died in 1989.
Jenna Block will oversee development of the project at Sony-based Escape Artists. No director or other cast is attached yet.
Blanchett has won Academy Awards for “The Aviator” and “Blue Jasmine.” She’s starring in Todd Haynes’ romance “Carol,” which premiered at Cannes, and will be seen with Robert Redford in the Dan Rather drama “Truth,” which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival.
Sorkin wrote “Steve Jobs,” which Universal opens Oct. 9, and recently turned in the script for Sony’s “Molly’s Game.” Escape Artists produced Jake Gyllenhaal’s boxing drama “Southpaw.”
Comedy Legend Lucille Ball Finally Gets Fitting Tribute In Hometown As ‘Scary Lucy’ Statue Is Replaced
A new Lucille Ball statue was unveiled in the late actress’ New York hometown on Saturday, officially replacing the one dubbed “Scary Lucy” that went viral last year after locals claimed it didn’t quite look like her.
“Well, it’s been quite a ride,” Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost said as he kicked off the unveiling ceremony. “A little over a year ago, we got beat up pretty good.”
Schrecengost said that after the controversy over the earlier statue, the town was “bombarded with all kinds of artists that would like to redo the statue.”
Hundreds of fans chanting “Lucy! Lucy!” gathered in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in the western New York village of Celoron to watch as the tarp was removed from the statue, made by sculptor Carolyn Palmer.
Locals had started a Facebook group in the hopes of getting rid of the statue sculpted by Dave Poulin, at the time calling a “nightmare.” The new bronze statue depicts Ball in a polka-dot dress.
The new statue was unveiled on what would have been Ball’s 95th birthday. The beloved star’s birthday is celebrated every year with the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in nearby Jamestown.