Amazon acquires Aaron Sorkin's Lucille Ball biopic

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And now Australian star Cate Blanchett has been tipped to play Lucille in an authorised biopic about the American actress.

The film will be an official version of Ball's life and will be produced by her children. Ball and Arnaz, who portrayed fictional versions of themselves in the 1950s hit sitcom I Love Lucy, eloped in 1940, and divorced in 1960.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has scooped up the rights to the Lucille Ball biopic that has a script by Aaron Sorkin and Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in the project.

"Lucy and Desi" will follow the relationship between the "I Love Lucy" couple, whose relationship was well-known on screen and off.

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Deadline first reported the news. Associates of the couple say that Arnaz was a regular drinker and womanizer and that Ball herself became dictatorial on the set of her show, the two sometimes clashing violently at home and elsewhere.

Because of the success of I Love Lucy, Ball was able to start her own production company, Desilu, making her one of, if not the most, powerful women in television.

Cate is the only big name now attached to star in the new movie, but producers are on the hunt for an actor to portray Desi, and sources tell Deadline.com Javier Bardem could be in the running for the role. But the film will draw from Ball and Arnaz's respective memoirs, with their children Lucie Luckinbill and Desi Arnaz Jr. consulting. She has also famously played the role of mystical elf-queen Lady Galadriel in Peter Jackson's film adaptations of J.

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