Lucie Arnaz — who is the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz — is reacting to the casting of Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem as her parents in the upcoming film, Being the Ricardos.
On Sunday, Lucie opened up about the forthcoming Aaron Sorkin-directed movie and acknowledged some backlash to the casting. Earlier this month, Deadline reported Kidman and Bardem are in negotiations to star as Ball and Arnaz.
In a video message shared on Facebook, Lucie, 69, said, “It’s a done deal,” though she noted, “The contracts aren’t actually signed, which is why I haven’t said anything publicly about it.”
“But I felt I should just at least try to calm the waters here,” she added. “There seems to be a lot of discussion about Nicole Kidman. It should be Debra Messing. It should be Carole Cook, I don’t know.”
Continuing her conversation with fans, Lucie reminded them that the upcoming flick is not a remake of I Love Lucy, but instead focuses on her parents’ real-life story.
“Here’s the deal. You should understand. We are not doing a remake of I Love Lucy. No one has to impersonate Lucy Ricardo nor do the Vitameatavegamin routine, or the chocolate factory routine or any of the silly things,” she said. “It’s the story of Lucille Ball, my actual mother, not Lucy Ricardo, and her husband, Dezi Arnaz, my dad, not Ricky Ricardo.”
“There will be humor in the film, but it is a story of the two of them and how they met and what went right with finding the show, what went wrong, their relationship, their love affair,” she continued. “Now, of course, it’s going to have I Love Lucy in it — as a matter of fact, Aaron Sorkin has set it on the stage of a filming one week of rehearsal, rehearsing and filming the show — but all this other stuff takes place during that time.”
“Very little of the show is actually I Love Lucy-type stuff,” she added. “I don’t think you will be disappointed with that, however.”