Many yelled, “Her?” after learning that Nicole Kidman was in talks to play Lucille Ball in an upcoming Amazon Studios film by Aaron Sorkin called Being the Ricardos. We all know Nicole is a big fan of wigs, but is there a pile of hair red enough and curly enough to successfully transform her into Lucy? That is the question. But it’s a question Lucy’s own daughter Lucie Arnaz tells us we can stop asking, because she thinks Nicole will do a great job as Lucille Ball.
Nicole as Lucy isn’t official official, but according to many, many sources it’s something that is happening (same with Javier Bardem as Lucy’s on-screen and real-life husband Desi Arnaz, who was Lucie Arnaz’s daddy). Deadline writes that Being the Ricardos reportedly takes place over one week of filming I Love Lucy, when Lucy and Desi “face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.” And therein lies the reason for why Lucie thinks Nicole is a decent choice to play her mom. Because she’s playing Lucille Ball, and not doing an impression of Lucy Ricardo in a remake of I Love Lucy. Lucie posted a video to Facebook about all the hate Nicole has been getting, in an attempt to calm people down about it. via People:
“It’s a done deal. The contracts aren’t actually signed, which is why I haven’t said anything publicly about it. But I felt I should just at least try to calm the waters here. There seems to be a lot of discussion about Nicole Kidman. It should be Debra Messing. It should be Carole Cook, I don’t know. Here’s the deal. You should understand. We are not doing a remake of I Love Lucy. No one has to impersonate Lucy Ricardo nor do the Vitameatavegamin routine, or the chocolate factory routine or any of the silly things. It’s the story of Lucille Ball, my actual mother, not Lucy Ricardo, and her husband, Dezi Arnaz, my dad, not Ricky Ricardo.
There will be humor in the film, but it is a story of the two of them and how they met and what went right with finding the show, what went wrong, their relationship, their love affair. Now, of course, it’s going to have I Love Lucy in it – as a matter of fact, Aaron Sorkin has set it on the stage of a filming one week of rehearsal, rehearsing and filming the show – but all this other stuff takes place during that time. Very little of the show is actually I Love Lucy-type stuff. I don’t think you will be disappointed with that, however.”
Lucie continued that the movie isn’t a cradle-to-grave biopic, but a 2-hour story about two people’s relationship. And also, to anyone still throwing names out there, you can stop. Or at the very least, don’t contact Lucie about it, because she’s clearly very over it!
“I hope I can set the record straight here, and just say, stop arguing about who should play her. Just trust us, it’s going to be a nice film, and P.S. the voting is over. I love all of you.”
The voting has ended, you can stop pitching Debra Messing’s name into the ring. Or…Carole Cook?? Carole was a protégé of Lucille Ball, but Carole is 97 years old. Let that woman nap, for Christ’s sake!
Maybe this message will make it to Debra Messing herself, who has stressed very publicly that she’s “available” for the role. Lucy’s own daughter has said that Nicole is Lucy. What more does Debra need? Oh boy, why do I get the feeling Debra just pulled out a Ouija board and is attempting to get an endorsement from the ghost of Lucy herself.