Cate Blanchett loves Lucy, will play her in Sorkin-scripted film

  • PTI, London
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2015 15:24 IST
Cate Blanchett will play beloved comedienne Lucille Ball in a new movie. (Shutterstock)

Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett will play beloved American comedienne Lucille Ball in a new biopic scripted by Aaron Sorkin.

The 46-year-old Australian actor is attached to play Ball in the film, which will be based on a screenplay to be written by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, reported The Guardian.

The movie will chronicle the entertainer's 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz, her I Love Lucy co-star. The couple divorced in 1960.

Ball won four Emmys as a performer and went on to become one of Hollywood's first female TV executives when she founded the studio Desilu, which produced the original Mission: Impossible and Star Trek series.

Blanchett is no stranger to biopics. She won her first Academy Award for her turn as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator.

The Lucille Ball project has the blessing of Ball and Arnaz's children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr, who will produce the project with Escape Artists, the company behind the Jake Gyllenhaal drama Southpaw and The Equalizer.

Watch the first episode of I Love Lucy here

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