As filming continues for “Being the Ricardos,” actor Nicole Kidman continues to show off her transformation into television pioneer Lucille Ball. In her newest photo, Ball dons an orange wig that matches Ball’s signature locks. She also wears a bright blue pants suit to complete her look.
This isn’t the first time that fans saw Kidman transformed into Ball. But as more photos continue to surface, they get a better idea of the direction the film is taking. While the title is “Being the Ricardos,” the film is a look at the story behind two of the biggest names and TV. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz will take center stage rather than their TV counterparts, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.
The film also stars Javier Bardem as Arnaz, opposite of Kidman. J.K. Simmons and Nina Arianda round out the cast as William Frawley and Vivian Vance. Both actors portrayed Ethel and Fred Mertz on the show. In real life, both Frawley and Vance hated each other. Additionally, Frawley dealt with a drinking problem for much of his career.
The film follows Kidman and Bardem as Ball and Arnaz across one week of production on their classic sitcom. But a problem arises on the set of “I Love Lucy” that threatens both their marriage and careers. Infamously, the couple ultimately split in real life after a rocky marriage. But they maintained a love for each other until Arnaz passed away.
Nicole Kidman on Becoming Lucille Ball
Nicole Kidman opened up about taking on a role as iconic as Lucile Ball. Some have criticized Kidman’s casting for not looking enough like Ball. But the actor has had her share of supporters as well. Kidman confessed in an interview with Variety that she’s a big fan of Ball.
One of the ways that she’s prepared for the role was watching old episodes of “I Love Lucy” in her free time. Director Aaron Sorkin is helming the production.
“I love Lucille, having looked now and delved into her,” she told the outlet. “She’s an amazing woman. 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.”
Kidman said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to star in the film.
“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.”