Nicole Kidman & Javier Bardem May Play Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz in Aaron Sorkin Movie

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem could soon be playing actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Being the Ricardos, a film Aaron Sorkin will direct from his own screenplay.

The film, which has been set up at Amazon Studios, will be set during one week of production on classic comedy sitcom I Love Lucy, which married-at-the-time Ball and Arnaz starred in. We’ll follow the pair from Monday’s table read through to Friday’s audience filming, while they face crises that threaten to destroy their careers and marriage.

Deadline broke the news of Kidman and Bardem’s potential casting, reporting that the Oscar winners are currently in negotiations and are yet to officially sign on the dotted lines.

Cate Blanchett was once circling the project, which was originally to have Sorkin only writing. The Oscar-winning Social Network and Moneyball scribe decided to also direct following his positive experience doing both with Netflix film The Trial of the Chicago 7. Sorkin made his directorial debut with 2017’s Molly’s Game, which starred Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba.

Kidman continues to have a busy slate. Following HBO series The Undoing and Netflix musical The Prom in 2020, the Aussie star has a Hulu mini-series titled Nine Perfect Strangers coming out this year and The Northman, a Viking revenge saga from Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse), currently in post-production.

Bardem’s upcoming credits include Dennis Villeneuve’s delayed sci-fi epic Dune and Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid, the latter of which will see him play King Triton.

Aaron Sorkin on the set of ‘Newsroom’ | HBO

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