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Desi Arnaz Jr., set to produce TV legend Lucille Ball's biopic starring Cate Blanchett

By Doug G. Ware
Desi Arnaz Jr., set to produce TV legend Lucille Ball's biopic starring Cate Blanchett
Actress Cate Blanchett has reportedly signed on to play TV legend Lucille Ball in an upcoming film from Sony's Escape Artists, The Wrap reported Wednesday. File Photo by David Silpa/UPI.. | License Photo

HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- An authorized biopic of television acting legend Lucille Ball is in the works, and actress Cate Blanchett has reportedly been signed to the project to portray the beloved redhead in the picture.

The untitled film is being produced by Ball's children -- Lucy Jr. and Desi Jr. -- and will cover the actress's 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz in the 1940s and 1950s, The Wrap reported.

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The movie is being developed by Sony's Escape Artists production company. Veteran scribe Aaron Sorkin will reportedly write the screenplay.

Ball is best known for playing the title role in the situation comedy I Love Lucy, which ran for six seasons on CBS between 1951 and 1957.

Ball and Arnaz were divorced in 1960. The actress remarried a year later and died in 1989 at the age of 77.

Blanchett's representative did not comment on the project Wednesday, The Wrap reported. The two-time Academy Award-winner portrayed screen legend Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator in 2004.

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