If there were any doubts about Nicole Kidman playing Lucille Ball, those doubts should be thrown out the window. The first teaser trailer for Being the Ricardos shows a day in the life of the celebrity couple of Ball and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) who also played the married couple on the classic sitcom I Love Lucy. You can find the teaser trailer for Being the Ricardos below!
Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, Being the Ricardos also stars J.K. Simmons, Nina Arianda, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, and Clark Gregg. The teaser debuted on Entertainment Weekly who shared more information about the upcoming film. Being the Ricardos chronicles the chaotic five days in September 1952 as the cast and crew prepare the episode, “Fred and Ethel Fight,” where Lucy attempts to reunite the Mertzes after they look ready to part ways. During this, Ball and Arnaz were dealing with three different crises including Ball’s investigation by the House of Un-American Activities Committee for potential connections to communism and Desi’s cover story in the tabloid Confidential called “Desi’s Wild Night Out.”
While Aaron Sorkin wrote and directed Being the Ricardos, Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Ball and Arnaz, had direct involvement in the production of the film including input in the script and casting decisions. According to EW, Arnaz has seen the film and called the experience “very emotional” as the film recreated some difficult parts of the couple’s marriage.
Sorkin also spoke to EW about what inspired him to create Being the Ricardos and tell the story about the real-life couple behind I Love Lucy.
“The only thing better than a story people don’t know is a story that people think they know but they’re wrong,” Sorkin said. “The producer Todd Black spent over a year having meetings with me to tell me stories about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz that I’d never heard. For instance, that Lucy was accused of being a Communist. There were plenty of points of friction, and that’s what I look for when I want to tell a story.”
Being the Ricardos will debut in theaters on December 10 and on Amazon Prime Video on December 21.