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Amazon picks up Lucille Ball biopic starring Cate Blanchett

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It’s been about two years since we learned that Cate Blanchett would star in a Lucille Ball biopic being written by Aaron Sorkin, whose scripts require his actors to dole out speeches and barbs at a pace not unlike that candy conveyor belt. Now Variety reports that there’s a distribution home for all the Club Tropicana and “Vitameatavegamin” hijinks. Amazon has acquired the film, which is being produced by Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch.

We haven’t seen Blanchett work an assembly line before, but the Oscar-winning actress is more than capable of keeping up with whatever clip Sorkin establishes for the dialogue. The search for a Desi Arnaz, Ball’s husband on and off camera (for a while), continues, as does the hunt for Fred and Ethel portrayers Vivian Vance and William Frawley. But the film will draw from Ball and Arnaz’s respective memoirs, with their children Lucie Luckinbill and Desi Arnaz Jr. consulting.


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