Being the Ricardos: Nicole Kidman Has Big Shoes to Fill


27 Jan
27Jan

Susan Leighton

By now, everyone knows that Nicole Kidman has been cast in Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming film, Being the Ricardos as Lucille Ball. The decision shocked quite a few people like fellow actress Debra Messing who portrayed the iconic redhead on her sitcom, Will & Grace, (and was openly campaigning for the role) as well as fans of the late comedian who felt Cate Blanchett should have had the part. 

It seems as if Kidman is also nervous about the role. In a recent interview with Variety, the thespian had this to say: 

“With Aaron’s words and his direction and Javier … that’s kind of a wonderful prospect to, you know. But yikes, off we go. Give it a go. Try my best—see if I can do it.”

 In 2003, Nicole took home an Oscar for her portrayal of literary legend, Virginia Woolf in the romantic drama, The Hours. Stephen Daldry’s movie took a sobering look at the effect of the author’s novel, Mrs. Dalloway on three women’s lives as they all coped with the suicide of someone close to them. 

The past couple of years have seen Kidman find success on the small screen as well with her Emmy win in 2017 for her role as Celeste Wright in the HBO series, Big Little Lies. She has also received accolades for her recent turn in another HBO effort, The Undoing with Hugh Grant. 

Her acting resume is impressive and her abilities are evident but can she capture Ball’s larger than life persona? Sorkin has had success with biopics having written the wonderful Steve Jobs with Michael Fassbender as well as Charlie Wilson’s War, the award winning, The Social Network and his latest production, The Trial of the Chicago 7

With his direction, Kidman is in good hands. To prepare, she has stated that she has been watching a lot of I Love Lucy lately and she is researching her life behind the camera as well. 

Nicole is no stranger to immersing herself in a character. Her preparation for The Hours was quite extensive and thorough. 

Since Woolf was a right hander, the actress who is a southpaw, learned how to write with her right hand. She also became a smoker and learned how to roll her own cigarettes. Her attention to detail coupled with the addition of a prosthetic nose helped her to transform into the famous author.

It is this kind of dedication which will definitely work in her favor when it comes to authentically embodying the beloved sitcom star. Currently, Being the Ricardos is in pre-production. Will this film be on your must-see list for this year?


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