Cate Blanchett Will Play Lucille Ball In A New Aaron Sorkin Biopic Which Is Damn Good Casting
In the '50s, there was one television sitcom star that was so beloved that she became a legend — and now, she's getting her own Aaron Sorkin-penned biopic. According to The Wrap, the Social Network writer is set to write a script based on the life of Lucille Ball, and if that sounds like a great Hollywood match, just wait until you hear who is playing Lucy herself. Oscar winner Cate Blanchett will star as Ball in the upcoming film, and it's the perfect pairing of actress and subject. This will be one biopic everyone will be buzzing about — and I wouldn't be surprised if the film garnered Blanchett another one of those coveted gold statues.
Of course, we shouldn't pull a Lucy Ricardo and get ahead of ourselves here: according to The Wrap, Sorkin's script is still in the works, even if Blanchett is reportedly on board for the flick. But no matter what the script looks like (which will likely be blocks of text, considering this is a Sorkin picture) it's hard not to see Blanchett as the absolutely perfect Ball. The actress will nail this part, and I can't wait to see her in her sitcom glory.
Here are all of the reasons why Blanchett will actually make the perfect Ball:
1. She's Got The Look Down
Let's be honest: Blanchett doesn't need to resemble the people she plays. (I mean, heck, she was able to transform herself into Bob Dylan for I'm Not There.) Still, it doesn't hurt that all Blanchett needs to do this time around is dye her hair red in order to present a pretty accurate portrayal of Ball.
2. She Won An Oscar For Playing A Complicated Woman
Ball may have played a goofy housewife on I Love Lucy, but she was an ambitious woman and powerhouse talent who made enormous strides for women in the industry. Blanchett's character Jasmine from the Woody Allen film that scored her an Oscar may not have had as many kind words said about her, but Blanchett was able to give a dynamic performance as another multifaceted woman.
3. She Already Played One Hollywood Star
Blanchett played Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator and disappeared into the role. In fact, before taking home the Best Actress award for Blue Jasmine, she scored the Supporting Actress Oscar in 2004 for her role as the Hollywood star.
4. She's Done Grand Onscreen Romances Before
Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz starred on I Love Lucy together and had one of the most talked about Hollywood romances of all time before eventually divorcing. Their love story will be a major part of the Ball biopic, and as we've seen in films like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Blanchett can certainly do star-crossed romance.
5. Ball And Arnaz's Children Approve Of Her
Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Lucie Arnaz, Jr. are producers on the project, meaning that Blanchett has gotten their stamp of approval. Who knows the real-life Ball better than her children?
6. She's Done The '50s Thing Before
Blanchett will star in the highly-anticipated drama Carol, which takes place in the '50s, the time period in which it seems most of this film will take place. From the look of the Carol trailer it certainly seems like a time period that Blanchett feels comfortable in!
7. She's Cate Freakin' Blanchett
Seriously, has she ever steered a picture wrong?
No word yet on when this film will hit theaters, but when it does, you better believe that Blanchett will nail this performance. Save for Ball herself, I can't think of any actress who could do it better.