Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Film ‘Being the Ricardos’ Adds Several Cast Members

by Katie Maloney

Amazon Studios just announced several new big names for the cast of Being the Ricardos in addition to Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball.

A few months ago Amazon announced that they would be producing a film about I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. But the movie focuses far less on the show and more on the individual real-life people who created the show. The story takes place over the course of one week of the production of I Love Lucy. It starts during the Monday table read and goes through the Friday audience filming. However, in just that one week Ball and Arnaz face two crises. The first crisis could end their careers. The second could end their relationship.

Yes, we all know how both of those situations ultimately pan out. But it will be really cool to watch never before known, behind-the-scenes secrets unfold. Months ago the studio announced that Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem will portray Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. And J.K. Simmons and Nina Arianda will play the couple’s I Love Lucy co-stars, William Frawley and Vivian Vance.

This week, Amazon released a few more casting announcements. Tony Hale, who played Buster on the iconic comedy Arrested Development, will play the sitcom’s executive producer and head writer, Jess Oppenheimer. Alia Shawkat, who also starred on Arrested Development as Maeby, will play writer Madelyn Pugh. Additionally, actor Jake Lacy will play writer Bob Carroll Jr.

Woo, that is a star-studded cast fit for an icon like Lucille Ball.

Will the Show Reveal Secrets Lucille Ball Fans Have Never Heard Before?

As mentioned previously, the movie highlights two crises that Lucille and Desi have to face. We’re sure fans already know countless incidents that could be highlighted in the film. However, during an interview, the film’s director Aaron Sorkin said that the movie highlights an event that “most people don’t know about.”

“They have a very complicated, fascinating relationship,” said Sorkin. “The movie takes place in one production week of I Love Lucy, [from] the Monday table read to Friday audience taping. There are flashbacks that show how the two of them got together and how I Love Lucy finally happened,” said Sorkin.

Sorkin then hinted at a major event that takes place in the film that even the most dedicated Lucille Ball fans aren’t likely to know about.

“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,” Sorkin revealed.