Bardem & Kidman in talks for Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos
Currently awaiting the large number of award nominations for his latest directorial project, Aaron Sorkin is already preparing to return to the director’s chair with Being the Ricardos at Amazon, which has entered talks with Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem to star, according to Deadline.
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Written by Sorkin, the film takes place during a week of production on the iconic 1950s sitcom I love lucy, which started with tabletop readings on Monday and ended with a public shoot on Friday, and will focus on the real relationship between stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, which is as they face a crisis who could end their career and one that could end their marriage. Sources report that Sorkin did not originally intend to direct the project, only to write, but after taking advantage of the directing experience on the historical drama acquired by Netflix, he chose to take the director’s presidency last summer.
Sources also report that while their deals have yet to be made, Kidman and Bardem took an interest in the project after the release of The Chicago 7 trial and that a production start date has not yet been set, as the pandemic continues to pose a problem for productions across the country. The project was previously in development with Cate Blanchett set to star, though it’s unclear why the two-time Oscar winner dropped out.
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The film is slated to be produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch of Escape Artists, with Jenna Block and David Bloomfield of Escape, Stuart Besser, Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz Jr. and Lauren Lohman, all attached to the project as executive producers.
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