‘I Love Lucy’ Biopic Featuring Nicole Kidman Will Be Less Lucy Ricardo, More Lucille Ball

by Emily Morgan

Get ready “I Love Lucy” fans: Outisder has new details about the upcoming biopic set around the beloved show. In the highly anticipated film, Being the Ricardos, Nicole Kidman will play the legendary actress Lucille Ball and Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz.  

However, the film’s director, Aaron Sorkin, recently hinted that the movie would center on Lucille Ball’s life, rather than her iconic character. 

“The number one thing that makes Nicole the right person for this part is she’s a world-class actress. She’s phenomenal,” Sorkin said during an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “The role isn’t Lucy Ricardo. It’s Lucille Ball. There are moments throughout the film where we see little shards of I Love Lucy, and so she’ll be doing her best Lucy Ricardo there. But the meat of the role is not Lucy Ricardo.”

Sorkin added that Kidman would primarily play Ball herself, rather than the actress spending portraying her wacky, fun-to-watch housewife character, Lucy Ricardo. 

Even though this may be disappointing to fans of the classic show, the film will give viewers an insight into Ball’s life that we haven’t gotten the chance to see before. 

The fact is, Lucille Ball’s legendary career shouldn’t be limited to one role; she was so much more than that. Besides “I Love Lucy,” Ball played a part in over 100 TV and films, most of which are not her beloved character.

Director Reveals More Details About ‘I Love Lucy’ Biopic

In addition, Sorkin also teased a “big event” that the film will center around. 

“The movie takes place in one production week of “I Love Lucy,” from the Monday table read to Friday audience taping,” he said in the same interview. 

“There are flashbacks that show how the two of them got together and how “I Love Lucy” finally happened. But mostly it takes place during this week where, I don’t want to be coy, but a big event occurs that I think most people don’t know about when they think about Lucille Ball.”

While Being The Ricardos doesn’t have a release date yet, fans speculate that it will most likely come out sometime next year, giving you plenty of time to catch up on the long list of Lucille Ball films.