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First look at Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball

First look at Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball

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Fans have got their first look at Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball in upcoming biopic Being the Ricardos with the teaser trailer dropping overnight.

The Aaron Sorkin film follows Hollywood couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who is played by Javier Bardem, during a production week on the set of their hit sitcom I Love Lucy.

Throughout a Monday table read all the way through an audience shot on Friday, both Ball and Arnaz face challenges that could end both of their careers and their marriage.

In the trailer, quick glimpses of the couple’s whirlwind life are shown accompanied by Kidman’s voiceover, with the first clear look at Kidman coming via the re-creation of Ball’s iconic grape stomping scene.

Production on the movie was kept tightly under wraps with a closed set throughout, as Kidman showed on social media during filming.

In Kidman’s recent Variety Actors on Actors conversation with Chris Rock, she stated that the biopic will not be a remake of I Love Lucy, but will instead tackle serious themes.

“The strange thing about Lucille Ball is that everyone thinks we’re remaking the ‘I Love Lucy’ show, it’s so not that,” Kidman said.

“It’s about Lucy and Desi and their relationship and their marriage. It’s very deep actually.”

Being the Ricardos also navigates the racial barriers that the couple had to face, with Desi being discriminated against for being Cuban, and Lucille fighting for him to remain on the show.

Sorkin has written the screenplay and helms the film for Amazon Studios and Escape Artists. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch of Escape Artists are producers. Escape Artists' Jenna Block and David Bloomfield serve as executive producers, along with Stuart Besser, Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz Jr. and Lauren Lohman.

The film will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on December 21. Check out trailer below:


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