Nicole Kidman, who plays Lucille Ball in the upcoming comedy Being the Ricardos, was reportedly nervous about the part. For those unfamiliar, Being the Ricardos follows Ball and her first husband, Desi Arnaz, as they film I Love Lucy, a breakthrough television series, over the course of a week. The film will be written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.
In an interview with Variety, Kidman discusses her fear of impersonating the legendary singer, which she felt while filming. She reveals that she took the role after reading Sorkin's screenplay and falling in love with the character, wanting to pay tribute to a global pioneer for women, and that her nerves nearly got the best of her a month before production started. "About a month earlier, I had huge trepidation, and Aaron had to get on the phone and send me letters saying, 'You've got this,'" Kidman told Variety.
Meanwhile, Amazon will distribute Being the Ricardos, which will open in limited theatres on December 10 before being available for streaming on Amazon Prime on December 21. Being out during award season signals that Amazon feels the film will be a real competitor, and the talent on screen and behind the camera backs up that confidence. Ball's daughter, Lucie Arnaz, has already given her approval to the film, noting that it "beautifully captured her parents at that time in their lives."
With less than a month until its premiere, Being the Ricardos appears like it will certainly win over sceptics with its attention to its renowned subject.