Amazon buys Lucille Ball biopic starring Cate Blanchett

Posted August 09, 2017

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon nabbed the rights to distribute the film - which Deadline claims is titled Lucy and Desi - once production is complete.

Blanchett was first linked to the feature back in 2015, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, is still not officially on board, but is now in talks.

Blanchett is yet to sign on the dotted line, but the U.S. trade publication The Hollywood Reporter says the 48-year-old Melbourne-born actress is close.

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Actress Cate Blanchett is attached to play Lucille Ball in the film, which has been stuck in development hell for several years.

There's also a hunt for actors to play William Frawley and Vivian Vance, who were Lucy and Desi's best friends, Fred and Ethel, on I Love Lucy. Lucy and Desi also has the blessing of the couple's adult children. Blanchett has won Oscars for The Aviator and Blue Jasmine.

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

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Lucy and Desi has the full cooperation of Ball and Arnaz's two children, Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill and Desi Arnaz, Jr., and Sorkin will be utilizing both stars' autobiographies for his script.

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.

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

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No other casting details have been announced at this point, though Javier Bardem is reportedly being considered to play Arnaz.