Who says blonds have more fun? Australian stunner and Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett, 46, has signed on to play the lead role in an authorized biopic about Lucille Ball. While work on the film has yet to take place, Blanchett has emerged as writer Aaron Sorkin’s number one choice to play America’s favorite red-headed comedian.
The project has been authorized by Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr, the late actress’ children with her husband, Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz. The film will chronicle her 20-year marriage to Arnaz and document the making of some of her hit TV shows, including I Love Lucy and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.
Ball was nominated for an Emmy award 13 times and won four times. She also went on to become one of Hollywood’s first female TV executives when she founded the studio Desilu, which, surprisingly, produced the original Mission: Impossible and Star Trek series.
Cate Blanchett may not seem like the first name to come to mind to play America’s leading funny lady, but Blanchett is no stranger to biopics. She won her first Academy Award in Martin Scorsese’s 2004 film The Aviator, where she played iconic actress Katharine Hepburn. Blanchett won her second Academy Award for playing Jeanette “Jasmine” Francis in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
While the Internet is abuzz with accolades for Cate Blanchett as Lucille Ball, it is less enthralled with the idea of a script penned by Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin is better known for male-centric creations including the Broadway play A Few Good Men and TV series like Sports Night, The West Wing, and The Newsroom, as well as popular films like A Few Good Men, American President, Moneyball, and the upcoming Steve Jobs.
The film will be produced by Lucille Ball’s two children and Escape Artists, the company behind the 2015 Jake Gyllenhaal drama Southpaw and the 2014 Denzel Washington-starrer The Equalizer. No date has been set yet for the movie’s release.
Sneider, J., “Cate Blanchett to Play Lucille Ball in Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin (Exclusive),” The Wrap web site, September 2, 2015.