The first trailer for Being The Ricardos, a feature film about fifties and sixties TV star Lucille Ball and her marriage to her co-star Desi Arnaz starring Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem, has been released.
The Amazon Studios production takes place over the course of a week during the production of the couple's much-loved 1950s TV sitcom, I Love Lucy.
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Being The Ricardos was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, who previously created The West Wing and
Lucille and Desi’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, has praised Kidman’s performance and recorded a special message on Instagram after seeing the film.
"It’s friggin’ amazing," she said. "That guy [Sorkin] made a great movie.
"He captured the essence of that time in their lives so well. He captured the heart of my mother, my father, their relationship," she added.
"He captured the love between those players in the I Love Lucy show, the tension that was brought on in this particular week when all hell broke loose, and Nicole Kidman became my mother’s soul.
"She crawled into her head. I don’t know how you do that. She cared very deeply about this part, it shows, and I believe everything she said.
"Javier Bardem, he really doesn’t look that much like my dad. But he has everything that dad had. He has his wit, his charm, his dimples, his musicality, his strength and tenacity, and you can tell from the performance that he just loved him."
The film also stars J.K. Simmons as William Frawley, who played landlord Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy, and Nina Arianda as Vivian Vance, who played Lucy’s best friend Ethel Mertz, alongside Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Clark Gregg, Linda Lavin and Jake Lacy.
Being The Ricardos is released in cinemas on December 10 and will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video from December 21.