Nicole Kidman is transforming into Lucille Ball for her role as the legendary comedian in the biopic Being the ricardos. The Oscar winner is seen sporting Ball’s fiery orange hair in new photos taken of her on set from the biopic directed by Aaron Sorkin.
Being the ricardos will tell the story of Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz, who starred in the popular 1951 sitcom I love Lucy. The two married in 1940 and separated in 1960.
Kidman posted a photo of the closed set last week, saying the film is currently in production.
“Currently in production 🤫📵🎬 #BeingTheRicardos,” he shared.
In January, Kidman became enthusiastic about playing Ball despite the casting controversy that ensued once it emerged that she and Javier Bardem would be playing the iconic television couple.
“I was like, ‘Yeah, I’d love to try it,'” Kidman said. Variety. “With Aaron’s words and his direction and Javier … it’s kind of a wonderful perspective for, you know. But oh, come on. Give it a try. Do my best, see if I can do it.”
Kidman said he had been seeing a lot of behind-the-scenes moments from I love lucy, including sitcom rehearsals.
“I love Lucille, having looked and delved into her,” he said. “She is an incredible woman,” added Kidman. “I’m really excited for people to see what Aaron found out about her and the way she played Desi and Lucy and the way she’s so rich. I didn’t know about this.”
Kidman’s excitement for the role comes after Ball and Arnaz’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, spoke in a message on Facebook to try to calm fans concerned about the film’s casting. Fans had taken to social media to suggest other actresses to play Ball, while Debra Messing, who previously played Ball I love lucy character during an episode of Will and graceHe even campaigned for the role.
“No one has to impersonate Lucy Ricardo or do the Vitameatavegamin routine, or … any of the nonsense. It’s the story of Lucille Ball, my real mother, not Lucy Ricardo, and her husband, Dezi Arnaz, my dad, no Ricky Ricardo, “Lucie explained.
“Aaron has done a wonderful job bringing these characters to life, and he’s just a small … slice of life on his journey,” he shared. “It’s not the whole story. It’s not a cradle-to-grave biopic. It’s a two-hour feature film about these two people and some of the remarkable things they lived through. So I hope I can make things clear here, and just Say, stop arguing about who should play her, ‘She doesn’t look like her, her nose isn’t the same, she’s not that funny …’ ”
“Trust us, it’s going to be a good movie, and the vote is over,” Lucie added. “I love you all.”