September 2, 2015 at 1:27 pm #193731
Cate Blanchett to Play Lucille Ball in Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin (Exclusive)
By Jeff Sneider
on September 2, 2015 @ 12:41 pm
Lucy Arnaz Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr. will produce the film with Sony-based Escape Artists
Cate Blanchett is attached to star in an authorized biopic of Hollywood legend Lucille Ball that Aaron Sorkin is set to write for Escape Artists, TheWrap has learned.
The film will chronicle Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz, with
whom she starred on the classic TV sitcom “I Love Lucy.” Ball had two
children with Arnaz before they divorced in 1960. She married Gary
Morton the following year.
Lucy Arnaz Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr. will produce with Escape Artists,
whose executive Jenna Block will oversee development of the project on
behalf of the Sony-based company.
A representative for Blanchett declined to comment, while a
representative for Sorkin did not immediately respond to a request for
Blanchett won her first of two Academy Awards for playing another Hollywood icon, Katharine Hepburn, in Martin Scorsese‘s “The Aviator.” She’s gearing up for another Oscar run thanks to her acclaimed performance in Todd Haynes‘ lesbian romance “Carol.” Blanchett also stars opposite Robert Redford in the Toronto-bound drama “Truth” and co-stars in a pair of upcoming Terrence Malick movies.
Sorkin won an Oscar for writing “The Social Network” and has proven
adept at tackling real-life famous people, from Mark Zuckerberg to Billy
Beane and Charlie Wilson. He also wrote the “Steve Jobs” movie that stars Michael Fassbender and hits theaters Oct. 9 via Universal.
Elsewhere, Sorkin adapted Michael Lewis‘ Wall Street drama “Flash Boys” for producer Scott Rudin and just turned in his script for “Molly’s Game” to Sony, which could start production as soon as early 2016.
Blanchett is represented by CAA and RGM Artists, while WME represents Sorkin.
Escape Artists recently produced Jake Gyllenhaal‘s boxing drama “Southpaw” and Denzel Washington‘s action-thriller “The Equalizer.” The company is also developing a “Masters of the Universe” movie.September 2, 2015 at 1:32 pm #193733
Potential Oscar number 3 (or 4 based on how Carol goes)? Nomination is looking strong at least on paper.September 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm #193734
The thirst is real.September 2, 2015 at 1:53 pm #193735
I will eat this up like no other. I’m curious to see who they get to play Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley.September 2, 2015 at 1:56 pm #193736
The perfect choice to play Desi is (the bae) Oscar Issac.September 2, 2015 at 2:28 pm #193737
Yeah this sounds awesome. Kind of a weird project for Sorkin. I would love Isaac as Desi!September 2, 2015 at 3:06 pm #193739
Lifegiving news! I’m here for an icon taking on another icon. Slay ’em, Cate! WHEN WILL UR FAVS?
Oscar Isaac as Desi? Yasssss!September 2, 2015 at 3:22 pm #193741
Jean-Marc VallÃ©e should direct thisl!September 2, 2015 at 3:41 pm #193742
Carol, Truth, two Terrence Mallick flicks, Jungle Book Origins, a mini-series, the tv-show she’s directing, the movie she’s directing and now this… Cate Blanchett is taking over Hollywood for for the next few years. And rightfully so.September 2, 2015 at 5:14 pm #193745
Oh my God, if she goes like this by the time she is 55 she’ll be breaking Katharine Hepburn’s record. Can’t wait to see it tbh.September 2, 2015 at 5:20 pm #193746
Blanchett should already have 3 Oscar wins. It is not going to be any easier for her to win that Oscar(as it was for Streep). I still remember her subtle diss to Streep in her Blue Jasmine acceptance speech. Public favor of Blanchett will take a turn, like it does for every big star who keeps nabbing all the great roles & Oscar nominations. It’s sad, but true…