Amazon buys Lucille Ball biopic starring Cate Blanchett

Amazon buys Lucille Ball biopic starring Cate Blanchett

Unlike their competitor, Netflix, Amazon Studios does release their films in theaters before bringing them to their streaming service, so look for the new movie to appear on the big screen in either 2018 or 2019. Oscar victor Cate Blanchett has been attached to play the beloved, Emmy-winning comedian in the authorized telling of the sitcom stars' romantic and business partnerships.

Blanchett is yet to sign on the dotted line, but the U.S. trade publication The Hollywood Reporter says the 48-year-old Melbourne-born actress is close.

The programs were just two of many sitcoms which featured either Ball, or Ball with members of her family; the others included The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show and Life with Lucy. 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.

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The film, reportedly titled 'Lucy and Desi', will hopefully see Blanchett taking on the role of Ball, as the television pioneer, and track her romantic/working relationship with Arnaz, who is yet to be cast. Aaron Sorkin, the writer of West Wing and The Social Network, has written the screenplay. Her turn as Queen Elizabeth I of England in Shekhar Kapur's 1998 Elizabeth launched her into to global spotlight, and she reprised the role for 2007's Elizabeth: The Golden Age, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.

Lucy and Desi will also characterize Vivian Vance and William Frawley, who played Frank and Ethel Mertz on the iconic TV series, as well as Lucie Luckinbill and Desi Arnaz Jr., who're children of Ball and Arnaz. In an unprecedented move, Ball insisted CBS hire her real-life husband, Arnaz, to costar alongside her.

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