Being the Ricardos Teaser: First Look at Nicole Kidman’s Lucille Ball

Amazon Prime Video revealed the first teaser trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s newest biographical drama film Being the Ricardos, centering around the relationship between TV legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The film is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 10, followed by its streaming debut on December 21.

The Being the Ricardos teaser, which you can check out below along with the poster, offers us our first look at Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem’s leading performances as Lucille and Desi, who were the stars of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy. It highlights the behind-the-scenes story of the iconic show, while also teasing the conflict within the two TV stars’ real life marriage which was far from the perfect relationship they play on-screen.

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Being the Ricardos is written and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Aaron Sorkin, which serves as his follow-up project to his acclaimed 2020 film The Trial of the Chicago 7. The story centers on the stars of the iconic 50s sitcom I Love Lucy during a week of production — beginning with table reads on Mondays and ending with audience filming on Fridays — and the real relationship of Ball and Arnaz and crisis threatening to end both their careers and their marriage.

“Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are threatened by shocking personal accusations, a political smear, and cultural taboos in Aaron Sorkin’s behind-the-scenes drama Being the Ricardos,” reads the synopsis. “A revealing glimpse of the couple’s complex romantic and professional relationship, the film takes audiences into the writers’ room, onto the soundstage and behind closed doors with Ball and Arnaz during one critical production week of their groundbreaking sitcom “I Love Lucy.”

The biopic will star Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men),  J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Tony Hale (Veep), Alia Shawkat (Search Party), Nina Arianda (Goliath), Clark Gregg (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Jake Lacy (The White Lotus), Nelson Franklin (Veep), John Rubenstein (Family), Linda Lavin (The Good Wife0, Robert Pine (CHiPs) and Christopher Denham (Billions).

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Being the Ricardos is executive produced by the late couple’s children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. along with Escape Artists’ Jenna Block & David Bloomfield, Stuart Besser, and Lauren Lohman. It is produced by Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch.


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