Yes, Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett will play comedy icon Lucille Ball in a biopic (hopefully) written by Aaron Sorkin. Ball’s marriage to Desi Arnaz, her husband, business partner and costar on I Love Lucy will be the film’s focus. After they split, Ball bought Arnaz’s share of Desilu Productions, which made her the first woman ever to run a major production company on her own. The couple’s children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr, will both serve as producers.
Sorkin, who has written biopics of both Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, was immediately the target of criticism over the project. He’s often been called out for not writing well-rounded female characters. Sorkin once said of Blanchett that she didn’t have as much “difficulty” winning her Oscar than the men who were nominated in that year. E! News reports that the studio wants him for the project, but he hasn’t written a word or officially signed on. Reps for either Blanchett and Sorkin haven not yet commented, but the project is major Oscar bait. She’s already been Katherine Hepburn as well as Bob Dylan, so, with the right makeup, Blanchett can play ANYONE.
(via Town and Country)