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New Lucy Film Draws Excitement

Lucille Ball’s return to the big screen is being powered by some big-name Hollywood talent.

Nicole Kidman, winner of an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards, will portray Lucille Ball while Javier Bardem, an Academy Award winner himself as well as winner of two Screen Actors Guild awards, give Goya Awards, two European Film Awards, a Prize for Best Actor at Cannes and two Volpi Cups at Venice, will portray Desi Arnaz. They will work from a script written by Aaron Sorkin, whose work includes A Few Good Men, The Social Network, The West Wing and Charlie Wilson’s War, among others.

No wonder Lucie Arnaz is excited for the production.

“It’s the story of Lucille Ball, my actual mother, not Lucy Ricardo, and her husband, Dezi Arnaz, my dad, not Ricky Ricardo,” Arnaz said in a video posted to her Facebook page. “There will be humor in the film, but it is a story of the two of them and how they met and what went right with finding the show, what went wrong, their relationship, their love affair.”

Kidman recently told Variety that she’s excited for the role after delving into Lucille Ball’s life.

“She’s an amazing woman. I’m very excited for people to see what Aaron found out about her and the way he’s interpreted Desi and Lucy and the way that it’s so rich. I didn’t know any of this.”

The recent kerfuffel over which actress should play Lucille Ball should serve as proof that there is interest in the film — and that the name Lucille Ball still carries quite a bit of weight in Hollywood three decades after the Jamestown native’s passing at the age of 77.

Lucille Ball certainly deserves another turn in the spotlight, and we can’t help but think the National Comedy Center and Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum will cook up something spectacular to celebrate the film’s premiere.

We’ll have our popcorn ready.

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