Amazon Acquires Rights to Lucille Ball Biopic; Cate Blanchett Tapped to Star

Lucy and Desi

Amazon Studios has snapped up the rights to the upcoming biopic of Lucille Ball.

The film was picked up by Amazon Studios, E! Generally speaking, casting a screen legend like Cate Blanchett as another one named Lucille Ball seems like a smart bet.

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The project attracted Blanchett and Sorkin two years ago. Lucie Arnaz, 66, and her 64-year-old brother Desi Arnaz, Jr. are set to produce the film, along with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch from the Escape Artists production company. Lucy and Desi will have access to the memoirs written by Ball and Arnaz, the rights to which have been controlled by Luckinbill and Arnaz Jr. Her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's 2004 film The Aviator brought her critical acclaim and many accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, making her the only actor to win an Oscar for portraying another Oscar-winning actor. She has also famously played the role of mystical elf-queen Lady Galadriel in Peter Jackson's film adaptations of J.

The original report noted that there are a number of names in the mix to play Arnaz, Javier Bardem being one of them, as well as William Frawley and Vivian Vance, who played the loveable Fred and Ethel Mertz in the classic 1950s black-and-white comedy series. The show was the first to ever feature an interracial couple - Ball's sitcom husband, Ricky Ricardo, who was played by her real-life Cuban spouse - and was also the first to use a three-camera setup which later became standard for many subsequent sitcoms.

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