6 Reasons to Get Excited About Cate Blanchett Playing Lucille Ball in Biopic
By John Boone
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Lucy may have some 'splainin' to do, and there’s no one we’d rather see do that ‘splainin’ than Cate Blanchett.
The actress is attached to play Lucille Ball in a biopic about the "I Love Lucy" star, ET has confirmed. The Wrap, who first broke the news, reports that Aaron Sorkin is writing the script, which will chronicle Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz. It will be produced by the couple's children, Lucie and Desi Arnaz Jr.
There has been some trepidation online surrounding the news -- mainly over the choice of screenwriter -- but we’re choosing to be optimistic. Here’s why:
1. Blanchett Saying Sorkin’s Words: That aforementioned trepidation mainly concerns Sorkin’s track record of writing “problematic” female characters -- and here, he'll tackle one of the most iconic women ever. But we’re excited to see Blanchett, one of the best actresses working today, devour one of those expertly crafted monologues.
(Plus, we have a feeling she’d have no problem keeping Sorkin in line if he falls into any of his old tropes.)
2. Blanchett Doing Comedy: Even if the movie itself isn’t a comedy, per se, it will need to incorporate some I Love Lucy scenes. Though Blanchett is known for dramatic works, she is really funny. See: Any of her interviews. See also: Blue Jasmine, where she's finally allowed to flex her delightfully absurd funny bone, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which, oh that wasn’t supposed to be a comedy?
3. Specifically, We Want to See Her Recreate This Scene:
4. It’s a Guaranteed Oscar Nomination: Or, it should be. Blanchett is a two-time Academy Award winner (with three other nominations). Sorkin has an Oscar, as well. And the Academy loooves biopics. Blanchett’s first win was for playing another real-life icon: Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator. And awards season is best with Blanchett calling out the B.S. on red carpets.
5. The Fashion: It may seem shallow -- OK, it’s definitely shallow -- but Cate Blanchett wearing vintage clothing is one of our favorite hobbies. It’s one of the reasons we’re so excited to see Carol. (That woman can wear the hell out of a ‘50s fur coat.) The Lucille Ball biopic will likely cover the 1940s to ‘60s, which means three decades of retro fashions for Blanchett to don. We’ll be spoiled.
6. Because We Do Love Lucy: And we need more of her in our lives. Ball, who died in 1989, deserves a proper biopic made in her honor. This is top caliber stuff we’re talking about -- it's no Lifetime movie. Even though we never dream cast Blanchett playing Lucy before, it’s the only option that makes sense now.
(Sorry, Debra Messing.)
Now, watch Blanchett’s hilarious reaction to a reporter’s stupid question: