According to Deadline, the film will tell the story of one week of production of the classic sitcom, “I Love Lucy,” as the couple “face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.”
The Incomparable Lucille Ball
Kidman hasn’t had an easy go with fans or critics since being cast in the Aaron Sorkin directed film.
Now, Sorkin is stepping up to defend his leading lady in the film which hits theaters December 10.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Sorkin revealed he told the stars of the movie, Kidman and Javier Bardem, who will portray Desi Arnaz, to forget everything they knew about the former Hollywood power couple.
During a Zoom meeting with Kidman, Bardem and everyone else he said, “I’d made it very clear to them that I am not looking for a physical or vocal impersonation of these people. Leading up to the first rehearsal, I’d write to them every day, ‘Just play the characters who are in the script.’”
Aaron Sorkin told Nicole to forget everything she knows about Lucille Ball
The native Australian was working with a voice coach prior to Sorkin’s instruction, but he “wanted to relieve her of that.”
When it was announced Kidman would be stepping into the role of Lucille Ball, the response was less than stellar.
Many were hoping to see “Will & Grace” star Debra Messing take on the role of the “I Love Lucy” star.
Messing subtly agreed with the backlash Kidman was facing and retweeted a handful of fan tweets begging her to take on the role rather than the “Big Little Lies” actress.
When rumors of a scheduling conflict came up, Messing cleared the air and tweeted, “Oh no, I’m available.”
Debra Messing speaks out
Oh no, I’m available. https://t.co/SO8eMkSkz4
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) January 12, 2021
Messing portrayed Lucille Ball in the final season of the “Will & Grace” reboot, and she really knocked it out of the park. She was a spitting image of the comedy legend.
Sorkin feels differently about the backlash. He explained that he didn’t want just ANYONE to play the role of Lucille. He said it had to be “someone who absolutely owns it.”
The director also didn’t want someone that looked exactly like the sitcom star.
“This was going to be a kind of tour de force performance,” he insisted. “And then when Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem and J.K. Simmons and Nina Arianda say they want to do your movie, your casting search is over.”
When asked by THR about Messing not being offered the role, Sorkin said, “I’m certain that when people see the movie, they’ll leave feeling that Nicole has made a very solid case for herself, but moreover, I’ve found that you can really leverage low expectations.”
“You can really leverage low expectations.”
Kidman previously opened up about taking on the role and how intimidating of a task it was.
During a June interview with Chris Rock, the Oscar award-winning actress admitted, “I’ve had to put in an enormous amount of time in Lucille Ball right now, because she has a very particular rhythm. So, I’m way out of my comfort zone, Chris.”