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Amazon snaps up Lucille Ball biopic, starring Cate Blanchett

Amazon snaps up Lucille Ball biopic, starring Cate Blanchett

The film was picked up by Amazon Studios, E! The studio, which was originally formed in 1950 by Ball and Arnaz, went on to produce such works as Star Trek and their wildly popular #TV sitcom, I Love Lucy.

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Because of the success of I Love Lucy, Ball was able to start her own production company, Desilu, making her one of, if not the most, powerful women in television. Associates of the couple say that Arnaz was a regular drinker and womanizer and that Ball herself became dictatorial on the set of her show, the two sometimes clashing violently at home and elsewhere.

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The project, which is being produced by Ball's children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr, has been commissioned by the streaming platform Amazon. Her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's 2004 film The Aviator brought her critical acclaim and many accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, making her the only actor to win an Oscar for portraying another Oscar-winning actor. She's also well-known for roles in "Lord of the Rings", "Thor: Ragnarok", and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button". When CBS asked her to develop that series for television, she insisted that her real-life husband Desi Arnaz co-star.

The script has been written by Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote the scripts for The Social Network, Moneyball and Steve Jobs.

The rest of the cast has not been announced, but Deadline reports another Oscar victor - "Skyfall" actor Javier Bardem - is rumored for the role of Arnaz.


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