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Lucy and Desi: Amazon Acquires Movie That Will Star Cate Blanchett

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Sammy Stanley | 09 August, 2017, 00:19

A resident of Jamestown, New York, her legacy was the inspiration for the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center comedy museum and the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, both of which take place in her hometown.

A couple of years ago, an enticing potential movie bubbled up in development, as Cate Blanchett was attached to play Lucille Ball in a drama to be written by Aaron Sorkin.

Blanchett was first linked to the feature back in 2015, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, is still not officially on board, but is now in talks.

There's also a hunt for actors to play William Frawley and Vivian Vance, who were Lucy and Desi's best friends, Fred and Ethel, on I Love Lucy. The Australian actress might not be known for her comedic roles, but as Ball said herself: "I'm not amusing". Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., her children with first husband (and I Love Lucy co-star) Desi Arnaz, will produce the film with Escape Artists. As their production company grew, their relationship became more and more strained until finally, in 1960, Ball filed for divorce a day after Arnaz's 43rd birthday.

The film will focus on Ball's 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz and the creation of the couple's sitcom, I Love Lucy, which ran for six seasons from 1951 to 1957. It's hoped that a star on par with the Academy Award-winning Blanchett will sign on, with sources reporting Javier Bardem is being considered.

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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