Aaron Sorkin's biopic on late comedic legend Lucille Ball has attracted Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett to play the "I Love Lucy" star, the celebrity website The Wrap
broke on Wednesday.
The authorized biography is being produced by Ball's children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr., along with Escape Artists, said The Wrap. The film will cover the comedian's marriage with Desi Arnaz of 20 years, including their years on the iconic sitcom, according to the website.
magazine said Ball and Desi Arnaz owned Desilu Productions until Ball bought him out in 1962, making her the first woman to run a major Hollywood production company. The original "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible" television series – now movie franchises – were both part of Desilu productions.
Ball died at 77 in 1989.
Blanchett won her first Oscar portraying another entertainment legend, Katharine Hepburn, in the movie "The Aviator," said Us Weekly
, and the magazine's Sophie Vokes-Dudgeon said fans have reacted positively to the Australian actress taking on the Lucille Ball role.
Blanchett, one of the most decorated actresses in Hollywood today, has been nominated for an Oscar five times, winning a best actress award in 2014 for the Woody Allen flick "Blue Jasmine."
Sorkin won an Academy Award for best writing, adapted screenplay for "The Social Network" in 2011 and nominated for the same the following year for the movie "Moneyball." He also won four Emmy Awards connected with his television series "The West Wing."
Social media had mixed reaction to Sorkin but generally praised Blanchett.
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