Nicole Kidman’s Co-Star in Lucille Ball Film ‘Being the Ricardos’ Jokingly Says the Cast is ‘Pretty Intimidating’

by Emily Morgan

Excited is the only word we — and Tony Hale — can think of when it comes to the new upcoming movie, Being The Ricardos. During a recent interview with Rachel Ray, the former “Arrested Development” star opened about working with the star-studded cast. 

“Well, the cast is pretty intimidating. Nicole Kidman is playing Lucille Ball and Javier Bardem is playing Desi Arnaz. And it’s just a gift,” he said

In the Aaron Sorkin film, Hale will play “I Love Lucy” executive producer and head writer Jess Oppenheimer.  Alia Shawkat and Jake Lacy will play the roles as the show’s longtime writing partners, Madelyn Pugh and Bob Carroll Jr. Viewers will also see J.K. Simmons and Nina Arianda as William Frawley and Vivian Vance, who played the Ricardos’ neighbors: Fred Mertz and Ethel Mertz.

“My brother Desi and I signed on because this is a story of our folk’s real-life passionate, tempestuous and complicated relationship and not a recreation of “I Love Lucy” – no one could do that. We felt exploring that relationship could be an enlightening challenge. We asked Amazon for the best and we got it with every hire,” Lucille Ball’s daughter, Lucille Arnaz, said in a statement. 

Sorkin is directing the film from his own original screenplay. The film will be his third film as a director after Molly’s Game and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

“Aaron Sorkin has not told this tale as a ‘cradle to grave’ biopic,” Arnaz continued. “Instead, he’s chosen to illuminate a snippet of time during an incredibly intense period of their show’s enduring success. The casting choices have all been inspired and Desi and I are so looking forward to seeing what this impressive group of actors make of Sorkin’s delicious script,” executive producer and Lucille Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, said in a statement.”

Fans Eagerly Await Being the Ricardos

The film will give audiences a rare look into the offscreen lives of Ball and Arnaz. Fans will also see their professional and personal lives unfold as the couple endures multiple conflicts. The film takes place in a week’s time, between a Monday table read and a Friday episode filming. 

The film, backed by Amazon Prime Studios, does not yet have a release date. In January, Nicole Kidman opened up about how she felt when she accepted the role of the icon.  

“I was like, ‘Yeah, I would love to give it a go,'” she said. “With Aaron’s words and his direction and Javier… that’s kind of a wonderful prospect to, you know. But yikes, off we go. Give it a go. Try my best—see if I can do it.”