Bardem & Kidman in Talks for Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos

Lawrence Kim
January 13, 2021

While now waiting for the slew of awards nominations to roll in for his last directorial project, Aaron Sorkin is already gearing up to return to the director's chair with Being the Ricardos at Amazon, which has entered talks with Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem to star, according to Deadline.

Aaron Sorkin, wordsmith behind dialogue-heavy films like The Social Network and Molly's Game (the latter of which he also directed), has completed his script for Being the Ricardos.

Being the Ricardos will take place over the course of one production week of I Love Lucy, from the Monday table read through to the audience taping on Friday, all while the pair face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage. Executive producers are Jenna Block, David Bloomfield of Escape Artists, Stuart Besser, Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Lauren Lohman.

I Love Lucy ran for six seasons from 1951 until 1957, before Lucy and Desi launched The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.

Sorkin originally was going to pen the script only, when Cate Blanchett was circling, but after enjoying himself on the drama The Trial of the Chicago 7, he chose to attach himself as a director as well over the summer.

Nicole can now be seen on HBO Max in the limited series The Undoing, and has also recently wrapped another series adaptation from a book by Liane Moriarty after the acclaimed Big Little Lies, titled Nine Perfect Strangers.

It's interesting to note that Kidman is no stranger to re-creating a classic television icon - she played witchy Samantha Stephens in 2005's somewhat misbegotten update of Bewitched, which starred Elizabeth Montgomery. Bardem's upcoming roles include King Triton in Disney's live-action rendition of The Little Mermaid and Stilgar in Denis Villeneuve's Dune alongside Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac and Zendaya.

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