Hmm, Not Sure About Nicole Kidman Playing Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin Penned Biopic

Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Boy, it’s a major acting challenge playing Lucille Ball. We all love Lucy and it seems almost sacrilegious for anybody attempting to portray the legendary actress.

Has to happen sooner or later, though.

Was thinking almost the same thing about Judy Garland and Renee Zellweger nailed that portrayal — even if the script was a bit suspect.

I mean this is like epic, near impossible tough acting gig. Nicole Kidman is talented, but I didn’t care much for her portrayal of a lesser actress (Elizabeth Montgomery) in the Bewitched remake with Will Ferrell. Also, that was scripted by Nora Ephron!

(This project is scripted by Aaron Sorkin, and I enjoyed what he did on The West Wing, so there is worthy writing firepower here)

Kidman playing Lucy in a biopic? Don’t know. Prosthetics are amazing these days, so they probably can make her look very, very much like Lucy. They made Charlize Theron look almost identical to Megyn Kelly — so much that it confused Kelly’s child — but there’s much more to acting than physical appearance (see: 20+ Bombshell Reviews – Charlize Theron Portrayal of Megyn Kelly Not Award-worthy)

Who else might be able to play the famous comedian? Margot Robbie? She played Harley Quinn, Tonya Harding, why not Lucy? She’s younger though, and maybe they wanted somebody a little older for the part. Casting is hard when you’re talking about really famous people like Lucille Ball.

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are in negotiations to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Amazon and Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos, the film about the relationship between the I Love Lucy stars. Having penned the screenplay, Academy Award winner Sorkin also will direct the film from Amazon Studios and Escape Artists. The film is set during one production week of I Love Lucy — Monday table read through Friday audience filmin g— when Lucy and Desi face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.

Nicole Kidman To Play Lucille Ball, Javier Bardem As Desi Arnaz In Biopic – Deadline

Don’t know much about Javier Bardem, but I believe casting Desi Arnaz will be significantly easier than Lucy, especially if he doesn’t have to sing and do the conga.

Anyway, I’m intrigued with the project, especially after seeing Lucy’s daughter’s excellent documentary that is linked at the top of this post. Lucy and Desi had a very explosive relationship that is ripe for a biopic.

I wonder what Lucy and Desi’s children think about this project? Am sure we’ll hear more if this actually makes it into production without revised casting. The article does state that both actors are merely negotiating, contracts have not been signed as of this writing.

PREVIEW – Bombshell

Bombshell – or the movie that dramatizes what happened at Fox News with Roger Ailes sexual harassment – is opening limited in theaters on December 13 and wide on December 20. The following is what we do and don’t know about this movie as of this writing.

Charlize Theron looks hauntingly similar to Megyn Kelly.

No, really, the box art to the right doesn’t do her transformation into looking like Kelly justice.

Theron spoke about getting into the personality of Megyn Kelly in preparation for the movie:

“She’s tricky in the sense that there’s so much footage…there’s a lot you can see on Megyn Kelly, but it’s always in that lawyer-y and journalist format,” she said. “You kind of have to decipher what her emotional capacity is or how she would express her emotional experience because she doesn’t necessarily do it the way I naturally do it. It’s very, very different from how I function.”

Charlize Theron had some doubts about playing Megyn Kelly in ‘Bombshell’ – CNN

Here is the real Megyn Kelly talking about the alleged sexual harassment (Roger Ailes denied) she endured:

Now watch the official Bombshell trailer. Whomever does Charlize Theron’s makeup, prosthetics, etc, should be considered for some kind of award. Wow.

Bombshell official trailer – the story of sexual harassment in the workplace at FOX News

Real sources were used.

The Bombshell producers talked to “about 20” former and current FOX employees about sexual harassment in the workplace.

In order to paint a vivid picture of the network’s culture, Bombshell’s makers spoke to about 20 people with a connection to Fox, including multiple women bound by confidentiality agreements, a task that sent the filmmakers into territory usually left to investigative journalists. “We have all taken an oath to protect our sources,” says Theron, who also produced Bombshell. “But we tried to communicate as much as we could with everybody. Yeah, I’ll just say that.”

The Secret Sources for ‘Bombshell’: Why Ex-Fox News Staffers Broke Their NDAs for Filmmakers – Hollywood Reporter

Some of the women spoken to are identified in this blog post: Juliette Huddy and Rudi Bahktiar but not Julie Rogansky who said nobody spoke to her.

The great John Lithgow plays the late Roger Ailes. His transformation is less impressive than Ailes, but the fat suit and “man boobs” (lol!) has Ailes’ build correct anyway:

Lithgow said, “I was effortlessly in character as soon as I put all that stuff on. [Costume designer] Colleen Atwood, she was my co-conspirator. We spent hours and hours getting that big fat body right. If you look very closely, halfway through the shooting we decided that he really needed man boobs. We said, it depends on his mood, in some scenes he has man boobs and in some scenes he doesn’t.”

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Nicole Kidman plays Gretchen Carlson

The real Gretchen Carlson who sued over the sexual harassment is frustrated that she can’t say much, due to an agreement reached in court. She received $20 million in her lawsuit and Ailes resigned.

This movie could be the 2019 poster child for the #MeToo movement and dive deep into a gritty story about sexual harassment in the workplace. I hope it delivers and doesn’t come up short. We’ll find out on December 13, 2019.