Those who grew up watching “I Love Lucy” can get excited. You won’t have to wait long for the biopic about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The Aaron Sorkin film will debut in theaters on December 10 before hitting Amazon Prime on December 21. Even if you weren’t around to experience the show’s initial success, surely you can remember those nights watching reruns. The show aired on Nickelodeon’s Nick at Night for years. Lucille Ball captivated generations and her story is fascinating.
Enter A-list actress Nicole Kidman. The Aussie-born icon will portray Ball in the film “Being the Ricardos.” And if you’re going to play the mischievous redhead, you’ve absolutely got to be spot on. In the trailer for the film, which just dropped, Kidman looks almost identical to Ball during the show’s arguably most recognizable episode – the stomping of the grapes.
A still from the trailer captures Kidman’s surprised face as she stands in the barrel of grapes. Her expression is so perfect it’s almost indistinguishable from the original episode starring Ball. We’re pretty sure Kidman gets this scene right – at least from what we’ve seen so far.
The role was also no doubt challenging. Originally casting Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, she was replaced by Kidman after exiting the project in early 2021. But with Kidman’s versatility and work ethic, she’s sure to nail the role – grapes and all.
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Along with Kidman, Desi Arnaz will be portrayed by Javier Bardem. They’ll be supported by J.K. Simmons, Alia Shawkat, and Nina Arianda.
As the trailer opens, Kidman as Ball explains she knows her position of power.
“I am the biggest asset in the portfolio of Columbia Broadcasting System, I am the biggest asset in the portfolio of Phillip Morris Tobacco Westinghouse. I get paid a fortune to do exactly what I love doing,” she says.
While “I Love Lucy” was – and is an American treasure, the film is sure to be filled with drama and conflict. In true Sorkin style, the underlying themes will definitely tell real story of Hollywood’s golden age and the strong woman behind Lucy’s antics.
“I work side by side with my husband who is genuinely impressed by me. And all I have to do to keep it is kill it for 36 weeks in a row, and then, do it again next year,” Kidman says as Ball in the trailer, foreshadowing a darker tale than the light-hearted sitcom.
Whatever the early reviews say, the trailer is leaving a big impression. Kidman is more than talented enough to capture the nuances of Lucille Ball. Surely, she’ll bring justice for Ball’s story of love, life, and show business.