‘I Love Lucy’ Inspired Film ‘Being the Ricardos’: Everything to Know About the Film Starring Nicole Kidman

by Anna Dunn

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are currently filming Being the Ricardos, a movie about the I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz. The film is by acclaimed director Aaron Sorkin.

The film will take a close-up look at the behind-the-scenes relationship between Ball and Arnaz during a week of filming their famed I Love Lucy. According to Vulture, the week will escalate to a “personal bombshell” that could ruin both of their lives.

Nicole Kidman told Variety about the upcoming film. “I’m very excited for people to see what Aaron found out about her and the way he’s interpreted Desi and Lucy and the way that it’s so rich. I didn’t know any of this.”

The Cast

The star-studded movie features many experienced actors. Nicole Kidman has starred in multiple critically acclaimed productions. Her most recent work has been on Big Little Lies and The Undoing. Now, she’s taking on the role of Lucille Ball and has been photographed multiple times in a strikingly vivid red wig.


Javier Bardem is tasked with his portrayal of Desi Arnaz. Bardem’s work in No Country for Old Men, Loving Pablo, Skyfall, and, The Sea Inside are amongst his most famous roles.

The movie also has some incredible actors in its supporting roles. J.K Simmons will portray William Frawley, who played Fred on I Love Lucy. Simmons has one of the most recognizable faces around. He’s best known for his work in Whiplash, Juno, La La Land, and the 2002 Spiderman film. Nina Arianda will play Vivian Vance, who played Ethel. She’s known for her roles in Midnight in Paris, Stan & Ollie, Win Win, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

Casting of Nicole Kidman as the ‘I Love Lucy’ Star is Controversial

The casting of Nicole Kidman has brought about a lot of angry fans, to say the least. People’s biggest complaints were that they don’t look similar enough, or that Kidman isn’t funny. The conversation got so heated that Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s daughter had to step in over a Facebook post.

“Nobody has to impersonate Lucy Ricardo nor do the Vitameatavegamin routine, or . . . any of the silly things. It’s the story of Lucille Ball, my actual mother, not Lucy Ricardo, and her husband, Desi Arnaz, my dad, not Ricky Ricardo.”

Still, people are debating whether or not Nicole Kidman looks anything like Lucy in the photos, many pointing to that wig as a sign that her portrayal won’t be up to par. However, film costumes don’t always look the same in the real world as they do on screen.

Most casting choices for someone as iconic as Lucille Ball would likely cause some form of controversy. Everyone has their own version of what they want to see. We’ll have to see how the film turns out once it’s released. For now, you can catch up on updates related to the film Being The Ricardos here at outsider.com!