Filming for the highly anticipated “Being the Ricardos” movie is currently well underway. Fans of “I Love Lucy,” Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, and everything else regarding the classic sitcom, have gotten a few looks into the process. Nicole Kidman will be playing Lucille Ball in the movie. Several behind-the-scenes photos have shown Kidman sporting Ball’s iconic red-orange hair and drawn-on eyebrows.
Javier Bardem will be playing the role of Desi Arnaz. Nina Arianda is playing Vivian Vance and J.K. Simmons is playing William Frawley.
Aaron Sorkin is directing the biographical drama. Amazon Studios is behind the project. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, has been very active during the process.
Lucie Arnaz Talks ‘Being the Ricardos’
When Nicole Kidman was announced as Lucille Ball, many fans disagreed with the decision. Some felt that she is so known for her drama roles that she would not come across well playing a comedic figure like Ball. Lucie Arnaz quickly went to Kidman’s defense. She explained that she was not playing Lucy from the sitcom. Rather, she is recreating the life and relationship between her mother and father.
Her mother, Lucille Ball, was more than just her character.
On Instagram, she is once again clarifying a few things for “I Love Lucy” fans.
In her post, she wrote, “This is not going to be a full biography- just a snippet of time during a crucial and interesting period in their true life story.” The movie is going to focus on one week of filming, or one episode of “I Love Lucy.” Along the way, details of the couple’s romantic and career life will be of focus.
Beyond clarifying that it’s a partial biography, Lucie Arnaz also again defended Nicole Kidman. She wrote, “We agreed to the inspired casting choice of Nicole Kidman because she is smart, a first class, award winning actress who can play comedy or drama and become anyone she puts her mind to and box office gold (important to big studios these days). She was cast to portray Lucille Ball. Not her fictional TV character, ‘Lucy Ricardo’ and, take my word for it, Lucille Ball and ‘Lucy Ricardo’ were quite different people.”
The movie will look off the set of “I Love Lucy” and into real relationships, friendships, and career decisions.
Not an ‘I Love Lucy’ Reboot
Nicole Kidman was recently ranked by The New York Times as one of the 21st century’s greatest actors. She was the world’s highest-paid actress in 2006, 2018, and 2019. She is an extremely popular, successful, and heavily awarded actress.
Lucie Arnaz also said that Aaron Sorkin has no interest in finding exact look-a-likes for the film. She said that it starts to look like an “SNL sketch” at that point.
When news of the movie first hit social media, people feared that “Being the Ricardos” is a remake or reboot. However, Lucie Arnaz has continued to state that the movie is not a reboot or remake, but rather a look behind-the-scenes at the actors and people involved in “I Love Lucy.”
The daughter of Lucille Ball wrote, “No one could replace those four original actors or the brilliance of that show’s writing.”
Some users agreed with Lucie Arnaz and expressed excitement over getting to see Nicole Kidman as Ball and the movie in general. A few people brought up Debra Messing as Ball, despite Arnaz deeply supporting Kidman in the role.