By Sara Whitman
The Wrap first reported that the award-winning actress has signed on to a forthcoming biopic of the infamous 1950’s sitcom “I Love Lucy.”
The film is being produced by her two children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. Jenna Block will supervise production at Sony-based Escape Artists. Emmy and Academy Award winner Aaron Storkin, whose many credits include screenwriting The Social Network and creating television series “The West Wing,” is in talks to pen the script.
The movie will focus on Ball’s 20-year marriage to the Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz. In 1940, the two eloped and eventually created the extraordinarily successful sitcom “I Love Lucy” in 1951 through their company Desilu Productions. This role won Ball four Emmys.
Ball and Arnaz separated in 1960 after birthing two children, and Ball began running Desilu Productions in 1962. She died in 1989.
Blanchett has a collection of recognitions: She has won Academy Awards for The Aviator and Blue Jasmine. She is currently starring in Carol, Todd Haynes’ romance, and will be alongside Robert Redford in Sony’s Molly’s Game.
Blanchett is represented by CAA and RGM artists. Sorkin is represented by WME.
A release date has not been set.