People.com shares director Aaron Sorkin’s views of Nicole as Lucille Ball and the premise of the new film Being the Ricardos.
Nicole Kidman will play Lucille Ball opposite Javier Bardem’s Desi Arnaz in Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming drama Being the Ricardos
Aaron Sorkin knows he found the right person to play the legendary Lucille Ball.
The writer and director behind the upcoming Being the Ricardos, a drama about Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz, explained why he cast Nicole Kidman as the I Love Lucy star in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight. Kidman, 53, will star opposite Javier Bardem, 51, who will play Arnaz.
The casting was questioned by some fans, who felt maybe Debra Messing, who bears a striking resemblance to Ball, would better nail the comedic tones of I Love Lucy. Others criticized casting the Spain-born Bardem as Arnaz, who was Cuban-American.
But Sorkin said the casting was all about the actual actors, and not about their famous characters.
“I think that the people thought that we’ve cast them as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo,” Sorkin told ET. “The film takes place during a production week of I Love Lucy – a Monday table read to Friday audience taping, with a whole bunch of long flashbacks which are telling the story that got us here – and because there’s a table read, there’s rehearsals and then there’s tape night, we do see moments of them being Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. We see moments from an episode of I Love Lucy.”
“But mostly they are playing Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. And they’re going to be fantastic. These are two of the greatest actors ever,” Sorkin added.
Sorkin also gave a small tease of what the movie will actually follow.
“Lucy and Desi were madly in love with each other. Madly, madly in love with each other. They also often wanted to kill each other. There was very interesting friction in this relationship,” he said. “There’s also a big thing that a lot of people don’t know about Lucille Ball, which gets dramatized in this. We start shooting in seven weeks and we’re in prep now and the film will be out around this time next year.”
Ball and Arnaz’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, also defended Kidman’s casting earlier this year in a video message shared on Facebook. Lucie has been an active participant in stories involving her famous parents, who died three years apart in the late ’80s.
“There seems to be a lot of discussion about Nicole Kidman. It should be Debra Messing. It should be Carole Cook, I don’t know,” Lucie said in the video.
“Here’s the deal. You should understand. We are not doing a remake of I Love Lucy. No one has to impersonate Lucy Ricardo nor do the Vitameatavegamin routine, or the chocolate factory routine or any of the silly things,” she said. “It’s the story of Lucille Ball, my actual mother, not Lucy Ricardo, and her husband, Dezi Arnaz, my dad, not Ricky Ricardo.”
“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,” she added.
Congratulations to Nicole on her SAG Nomination!
The SAG Awards will be simulcast on Sunday, April 4, 2021 on TNT and TBS at 9 p.m. (ET) / 6 p.m. (PT)
LOS ANGELES (February 4, 2021) – Nominees for the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards honoring outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances for the past year* were announced this morning by Lily Collins (Emily in Paris, MANK) and Daveed Diggs (Snowpiercer, BLINDSPOTTING, The Good Lord Bird) via Instagram Live. The nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning by Jason George (Station 19) and Elizabeth McLaughlin (Grand Hotel) who were introduced by SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. The 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, April 4, 2021, at 9 p.m. (ET) / 6 p.m. (PT). An encore will air on TNT at 11 p.m. (ET) / 8 p.m. (PT).
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
CATE BLANCHETT / Phyllis Schlafly – “MRS. AMERICA”
MICHAELA COEL / Arabella – “I MAY DESTROY YOU”
NICOLE KIDMAN / Grace Fraser – “THE UNDOING”
ANYA TAYLOR-JOY / Beth Harmon – “THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT”
KERRY WASHINGTON / Mia Warren – “LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE”
Congratulations to Nicole and the cast and crew of the film The Prom and the series The Undoing for their Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture Drama.
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Queen’s Gambit
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit
Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Variety shared that Nicole with star and produce a new series.
Academy Award and Emmy-winner Nicole Kidman will executive produce a television series based on Maria Sødahl’s European Cinemas Label-winning “Hope” under her Blossom Films banner. “Hope” is currently in the running as the Norweigan entry for the Best International Feature Film category at the 93rd Academy Awards.
The rights to the film’s adaptation were acquired by Amazon Studios. The script is being penned by Alice Bell, who will also serve as an executive producer alongside Kidman. The original “Hope” film, released in 2019, stars Andrea Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård (“Thor,” “Chernobyl,” “Mamma Mia!”). The romance and family drama was nominated for best director and best actress at the 2020 European Academy Awards. Not much is being divulged yet about “Hope” (the show), but we do know that the narrative will chronicle over the twelve days of Christmas for a couple in a tenuous marriage and six children between them.
Blossom Films, founded by Nicole Kidman and her producing partner Per Saari, have been booked and busy with a high-powered lineup across film and TV. Not only is this “Hope” adaptation in the works for Amazon Studios, but Blossom Films is currently in the pre-production phase for “The Expatriates,” a series based on Janice Y.K. Lee’s novel of the same name. Bell also serves as a writer and executive producer for “The Expatriates,” which will be directed by Lulu Wang and stars Kidman. Kidman and Saari will executive produce, too. Other Blossom Films adaptations for Amazon Studios slated for development include a film adaptation of A.S.A. Harrison’s “The Silent Wife” and a television series based on Andrew Bovell’s musical “Things I Know to be True.”
The production company’s most recent success came from executive producing (and, in Kidman’s case, starring) in “The Undoing,” which drew millions of viewers across all platforms and was a huge ratings hit for HBO.
Kidman is represented by CAA, Media Talent Group, attorney Alan Wertheimer and The Lede Company.
Netflix’s musical comedy — about a group of self-centered actors who descend upon small-town Indiana to support a teenager banned from bringing her girlfriend to the dance — required its A-list stars to step out of their comfort zones.
Step One: Teach Nicole Kidman to Move Like a Chorus Girl
Nicole Kidman is no stranger to musicals, having won a Golden Globe for her star-making performance in 2001’s Moulin Rouge! and later appearing in Rob Marshall’s 2009 adaptation of the Broadway musical Nine. Angie, Kidman’s character in The Prom, is a seasoned Broadway chorus girl, the type whose hope of catching a big break may have dimmed, but who still relishes a career hoofing in the footlights. It’s this spirit of perseverance and wonder that drives Kidman’s big solo, in which she encourages young Emma (Jo Ellen Pellman) to put some pep in her step and ultimately triumph over the bullies at school (and in the PTA) with a song titled “Zazz.”
” ‘Zazz’ is all about the style,” says the film’s choreographer, Casey Nicholaw, the Tony-award winning director of The Book of Mormon who also helmed the 2019 Broadway production of The Prom. “So it’s not giant moves, it’s smaller moves” like flicks of the wrists and hips, in the manner of Bob Fosse. While Fosse’s signature choreography has a dry quality to it, Kidman’s moves in the film are “a little bit more buoyant” than your typical Chicago chorus girl, Nicholaw says, because she’s teaching them to Emma and demonstrating for her. The number finds Kidman performing in Emma’s living room and eventually leading her in a mini kick-line down the stairs.
“We did it in pieces,” Nicholaw says of teaching choreography to Kidman, who insisted on drilling the moves again and again to get them into her body. “No one worked harder than Nicole did on trying to get all those steps,” Nicholaw says. “She was just relentless. She didn’t stop until she got it right.”
Emma eventually catches on, and the lesson lends her the confidence to carry forward. As Angie, Kidman is tasked with playing a showbiz veteran who still feels butterflies backstage. “Nicole’s energy in the movie is just fantastic,” Nicholaw says. Angie’s “been around, but she’s not beat yet.”
Nicole made an appearance recently on the Tonight Show to talk about her new film The Prom along with some of her other recent projects.
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Variety has started their Golden Globe predictions. The ceremony will be held on February 28th this year.
Superstars Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett will face off with up-and-comers like Anya Taylor-Joy, Shira Haas and Michaela Coel in an extremely competitive category for best actress in a limited series or TV movie. Kidman is an HFPA favorite, having won four Globes as a performer — including this category for “Big Little Lies.” But last year, HFPA made sure to balance the nomination roster with newer performers like Kaitlyn Dever and Joey King, alongside household names such as Helen Mirren and Michelle Williams (who eventually won, for “Fosse/Verdon”).
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:
“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)
GLOBES HISTORY: Never nominated
ROLE: Beth Harmon
“Mrs. America” (FX)
GLOBES HISTORY: 10 nominations, 4 wins (1996’s “To Die For,” 2002’s “Moulin Rouge,” 2003’s “The Hours,” 2018’s “Big Little Lies”)
ROLE: Phyllis Schlafly
“The Undoing” (HBO)
GLOBES HISTORY: 14 nominations, 1 win (2017’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
ROLE: Grace Fraser
GLOBES HISTORY: Never nominated
ROLE: Esther Shapiro
“I May Destroy You” (HBO)
GLOBES HISTORY: Never nominated
NEXT IN LINE:
“Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu)
GLOBES HISTORY: 2 nominations
ROLE: Mia Warren
“Normal People” (Hulu)
GLOBES HISTORY: Never nominated
“Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu)
GLOBES HISTORY: 6 nominations, 1 win (2006’s “Walk the Line”)
ROLE: Elena Richardson
“Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” (Netflix)
GLOBES HISTORY: 3 nominations, 1 win (2012’s “The Help”)
ROLE: Madam C.J. Walker/Sarah Breedlove
“Defending Jacob” (Apple TV Plus)
GLOBES HISTORY: 1 nomination
ROLE: Laurie Barber
The Emmy winner opened up about how playing women experiencing trauma in “The Undoing” and “Destroyer” caused her to get sick and affected her personality.
Nicole Kidman has shared that her roles as women suffering through trauma on “Big Little Lies” and “The Undoing” took a toll on her after leaving the set each day.
The Oscar winner spoke on the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast about how playing the roles of women experiencing physical and psychological damage on the two HBO hits seeped into her life outside of the filming.
“Even on ‘The Undoing’ it kind of happened where I just was like suddenly, I was in this place, there was sort of a disquietness to my personality where I was uneasy, and there was duress on who I was,” she said.
In “The Undoing,” Kidman, 53, played a therapist whose husband is accused of murder. In “Big Little Lies,” she portrayed a retired lawyer and mother who is physically and mentally abused by her husband.
“I actually got really sick, and I think this is a big thing that happens to actors,” she said. “I went down for a week because your immune system doesn’t know the difference between acting and truth when you’re doing those.”
Kidman found it difficult to shut off the role in her personal life.
“I have not learned a technique to tell my brain and my body, ‘Oh this is just acting,”’ she said. “I haven’t learned how to clean that out.
“It doesn’t really work for me. I go home, and I don’t sleep well and I’m not well if it’s that disturbing to me.”
She experienced similar effects while filming the 2018 movie “Destroyer,” in which she plays a detective who takes revenge against members of a gang of bank robbers.
“That was awful being in that place,” she said. “I stayed in that character. I didn’t want it to feel like acting. I would growl and moan. I was a very unpleasant person during that time.”
Maron asked her why she continued to take roles like those given the traumatic effects of them, and she contrasted them with her recent role in the 2020 Netflix musical comedy “The Prom.”
“But then something like Angie in ‘The Prom,’ I just go, ‘Great I get to dance and I get to love everybody, and I get to go ‘Come here, let me hug you, it’s all gonna be all right,”’ she said.
She also shared her fears about receiving phone calls at night after she found out about the death of the legendary Stanley Kubrick, who directed her and ex-husband Tom Cruise in the 1999 movie “Eyes Wide Shut.”
“I just started screaming,” she said. “I have a huge fear of phone calls in the night now because I’ve received a number of them with that sort of news, my father included. I have trauma attached to them.”
Deadline shares this possible casting news of Nicole in the talks to play Lucille Ball.
EXCLUSIVE: Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are in negotiations to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Amazon and Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos, the film about the relationship between the I Love Lucy stars. Having penned the screenplay, Academy Award winner Sorkin also will direct the film from Amazon Studios and Escape Artists.
The film is set during one production week of I Love Lucy — Monday table read through Friday audience filmin g— when Lucy and Desi face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.
Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will produce. Executive producers are Jenna Block, David Bloomfield of Escape Artists, Stuart Besser, Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Lauren Lohman.
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 decided to attach himself as a director as well over the summer. After The Trial of the Chicago 7 bowed on Netflix in October, Being the Ricardos began to gain momentum with Kidman and Bardem quickly interest in the couple behind TV’s first family. Deals still need to close for both actors, but even if and when they do, when production will start is still up in the air as the Covid-19 Pandemic continues to push productions throughout the country.
After years as one of Hollywood’s most prolific screenwriters with such classics as A Few Good Men, Moneyball and his Oscar-winning The Social Network, Sorkin has found himself more and more behind the camera as well. His directing debut was the drama Molly’s Game starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, and he followed that up with The Chicago 7.
Kidman has had busy winter, starting with her critically acclaimed turn in the hit HBO limited series The Undoing. On the film side, she was part of the all-star ensemble in Ryan Murphy’s The Prom. In 2021, she has the Hulu series Nine Perfect Strangers, and she recently wrapped production on Robert Eggers’ Vikings pic The Northman.
Bardem most recently was seen in The Roads Not Taken and next can be seen in Legendary’s Dune. He also is set to play King Triton in Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid.
Without a doubt, 2020 has been the year of wellness and self-care becoming obligatory, if it wasn’t already. We have spent more time being conscientious about using vitamin C and zinc supplements than seeking out a new lipstick or concealer. Talk therapy, meditation, and other self-care practices have taken precedence to help us become our healthiest possible selves. And as far as wellness routines go, we can’t think of anyone else’s routine we’d rather be privy to than Nicole Kidman’s. The film icon, who became the subject of the internet’s obsession for her role in the HBO miniseries The Undoing this fall, spoke with W about her current wellness regimen—as well as her new venture with Sera Labs by Seratopical’s anti-aging CBD skincare line. Kidman will not just be serving as the typical brand ambassador. She’ll be a strategic partner, working side by side with experts to develop new products to meet the beauty and wellness needs of women across the globe. Below, she details her new beauty alliance as well as some insight into the practices and routines that have been ideal for her during the past few months.
What is your approach to wellness these days? What does your typical morning routine consist of?
Depending on where I am, each morning can look a little different, but there are definitely a few key staples to my routine. To get myself energized for the day I start with a workout, usually a run. Then I’ll take a long hot shower, apply my Seratopical skincare routine and moisturize my body. Then I’ll wake up the kids and we’ll have breakfast together—I always drink tons of water and a bone-dry cappuccino to start off the day. This is all before I even turn on my phone. Whether I am due to be on set or enjoying a restful day at home with my family, I like to start my day with this ritual.
What made you decide to align yourself with this company in particular?
The brand is passionate about fostering women leaders within the company, and there’s also the science factor—SeraLabs works tirelessly to develop their products with the highest-quality ingredients, which have fantastic benefits like anti-aging. Most importantly, I saw there was a gap in the beauty market where this could be beneficial to a lot of people.
Are there certain daily supplements that you’ve always been loyal to?
I take Swisse vitamin C effervescent tablets daily, as well as a vitamin D supplement. I try to drink matcha green tea quite regularly, and some days I make it in latte form, with frothed almond milk which is something that I love.
In terms of Eastern medicinal practices for wellness, are you a fan of acupuncture?
Absolutely. I love acupuncture—it’s something I’ve been doing since I was about 17 years old.
Sleep and winding down at the end of the day is important in general, but especially as of late. How do you unwind at the end of the day and get into a proper sleep rhythm?
A hot bath—I love a taking one with a hot cup of tea next to me. I’ve now become a huge fan of drinking [Celestial brand] Sleepytime tea, and sometimes I take Swisse Collagen Sleep Powder, which can be a really lovely to get ready for a good night’s rest.
I also try to dim the lights in the house before starting my bedtime routine, which has proven to be pretty effective.
You’ve had access over the years to renowned hair and makeup experts. If you could pick one beauty lesson have you learned from them, what would it be?
A staple in my makeup routine is to immediately curl the lashes—it instantly makes my eyes wake up. I’ve also loved using a massage gun while in the makeup chair on set, and a little scalp massage to awaken the head and face muscles.
You consistently pick projects that are fascinating, moving, and always artistic. The staff at W collectively became obsessed with The Undoing, like the rest of the internet. Did you know while you were shooting that the series would be such a phenomenon?
Our hope was that viewers would join the Frasers on this crazy ride, but it has truly exceeded our expectations. When I read the first two scripts that David Kelley sent over, I was immediately invested in the story and I am so happy audiences felt the same way. The energy surrounding the finale was truly unlike anything I have been a part of before.