Filming begins on Amazon’s Being the Ricardos
Staff Reporter | On 31, Mar 2021
Production is now underway on Amazon Studios’ star-studded biopic, Being the Ricardos.
Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, the film stars Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, the real-life couple behind 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy
The film is set during one production week of I Love Lucy—Monday table read through Friday audience filming – when Lucy and Desi face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.
The ensemble also includes JK Simmons (Whiplash) and Nina Arianda (Stan & Ollie) as Lucy and Desi’s I Love Lucy co-stars William Frawley and Vivian Vance – who played the Ricardos’ neighbor Fred Mertz his wife, Ethel, in the iconic TV show.
Also joining the ensemble are Tony Hale (Arrested Development) as I Love Lucy executive producer and head writer Jess Oppenheimer, Alia Shawkat (Search Party) and Jake Lacy (Fosse/Verdon) as the show’s longtime writing partners, Madelyn Pugh & Bob Carroll Jr, plus Clark Gregg (Agents of SHIELD), Nelson Franklin (Veep), John Rubinstein (Family), Linda Lavin (Alice, The Good Wife), Robert Pine (CHiPs) and Christopher Denham (Billions).
Sorkin’s third film as director following Molly’s Game and The Trial of the Chicago 7, the film is produced by Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch, with exec-producers including Jenna Block, David Bloomfield of Escape Artists, Stuart Besser, Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz Jr and Lauren Lohman.
Principal photography began this week in Los Angeles.