Nicole Kidman opens up about replacing Cate Blanchett in ‘Being the Ricardos’


Los Angeles: Nicole Kidman has opened up about portraying Lucille Ball in ‘Being the Ricardos’ after Cate Blanchett was previously roped in for the role.

According to People magazine, Kidman talked about preparing to play the iconic comedian and “I Love Lucy” star for the film directed by Aaron Sorkin. When asked about joining after Blanchett, who could no longer film due to scheduling conflicts, Kidman shared her industry motto regarding casting.

“It seems to me like there’s a sacred agreement between all of us — whoever gets what, has got to land there,” Kidman said. Ball and Desi Arnaz’s daughter Lucy Arnaz, who served as an executive producer on ‘Being the Ricardos’, shared that she was personally “devastated” when Blanchett could no longer do the project. Thi: “It just took a long time and we lost him. I was devastated.”

Kidman addressed the initial reaction to her casting before watching her final performance, saying that she avoids social media comments but still finds out about reactions.

She said, “I’m not on the Internet and I certainly don’t Google myself. But things get tricky.” Back in 2018, Blanchett, who is currently starring in “Don’t Look Up” and “Nightmare Alley,” told The Hollywood Reporter about her plans to play Ball at the time: “I’ve been obsessed with Lucille Ball for a long time. Am. Who is” t? …it’s a work in progress, but I’m very excited for it.”

‘Being the Ricardos’ also stars Javier Bardem as Desi, as well as Nina Arianda, JK Simmons, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, Linda Lavin, Jake Lacey and John Rubinstein.

The film takes place during a week of filming the couple’s famous sitcom ‘I Love Lucy’, during which Lucy and Desi are subjected to “shocking threats of personal accusations, a political blot, and cultural taboos,” according to the film’s official description. according. Lucy and Desi were married in 1940 and later separated in 1960.

‘Being the Ricardos’ is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

First published:December 28, 2021, 11:58 pm

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