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Amazon snags rights to Lucille Ball movie starring Cate Blanchett

Amazon snags rights to Lucille Ball movie starring Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett will reportedly take on the role of the legendary comedian and television pioneer, Lucille Ball.

Ball died in 1989, while her ex-husband, full name Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III, passed away in 1986.

After several years in development, it looks like the Lucille Ball biopic starring Cate Blanchett is finally moving forward, with Amazon Studios snagging the rights to the high-profile project this week.

There have been previous attempts to bring this Hollywood love story to the screen, including 1991's Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter, with Francis Fisher and Maurice Bernard in the title roles.

With a studio ready to finance it, the search is on for an actor to play Ball's other half, Cuban-born Arnaz.

Blanchett has won Academy Awards for The Aviator and Blue Jasmine. Aaron Sorkin, the writer of West Wing and The Social Network, has written the screenplay.

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.

Still, Lucy and Desi starred in on one of the most successful sitcoms of all time and their production company, Desilu Productions, is responsible for the original "Star Trek" series and the "Mission: Impossible" TV show. 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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