Cate Blanchett to Star in Lucille Ball Biopic

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Deadline reported yesterday that Amazon Studios is developing a film called Lucy and Desi.

The film was picked up by Amazon Studios, E! Cate Blanchett (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy) is set to star as Ball. While little is known about what the series will depict, the pioneering comedienne and her relationship with Desi Arnaz has been a point of discussion for over half a century.

Are you guys excited for Lucy and Desi? The film has the rights to explore much of this as the couple's real-life children, Lucie Luckinbill and Desi Arnaz Jr., have authorised this production, allowing Sorkin to pull from both Ball and Arnaz's actual memoirs of their lives and troubled romance.

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The feature, from production company Escape Artists, will explore the life and love story of the U.S. actress/comedienne, during her 20-year marriage to Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz, with whom she eloped in 1940.

Cate recently appeared in the Dan Rather biopic Truth and her latest movie credits include roles within Cinderella and Carol.

Blanchett has won two Academy Awards, and is now filming the film adaptation of the novel Where'd You Go, Bernadette? The project written by "Moneyball" scribe Sorkin was first announced in 2015 and has been making the rounds since.

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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.

The film will explore Ball's professional and family life and her marriage to Desi Arnaz; Ball and Arnaz were married between 1940 and 1960.

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