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Nicole Kidman stars as Lucille Ball in the first trailer for Amazon’s Being the Ricardos


Nicole Kidman transforms into Lucille Ball in the first trailer for Amazon’s Being the Ricardos


She’s known for transforming into any character with ease.

And Nicole Kidman looked completely in her element as Lucille Ball in the first trailer for Amazon Prime’s Being the Ricardos.

The film follows Lucille’s rise to the top as one of the world’s most prominent comedians with her husband, Desi Arnaz, played by Javier Bardem, by her side. 

Make em laugh: Nicole Kidman looked completely in her element as Lucille Ball in the first trailer for Amazon Prime’s Being the Ricardos

‘I am the biggest asset in the portfolio of the Columbia Broadcasting System, the biggest asset in the portfolio of Philip Morris Tobacco Westinghouse,’ she said in the minute long clip released on Tuesday. 

‘I get paid a fortune to do exactly what I love doing.’

Packed studio audiences applauded as they watched Lucy and Ricky perform each night between scenes of table reads with producers and studio execs. 

‘I work side by side with my husband who is genuinely impressed by me, and all I have to do to keep it is kill for 36 weeks in a row, and then do it the next year. I had no idea it was going to be a hit.’  

Uncanny: Nicole is recreating a scene as Lucille Ball

Original: Lucille Ball playing Lucy Ricardo in Lucy's Italian Movie (1956)

Uncanny: Nicole (left) is recreating a scene as Lucille Ball playing Lucy Ricardo in Lucy’s Italian Movie (right, 1956)

Together forever: The film follows Lucille's rise to the top as one of the world's most prominent comedians with her husband, Desi Arnaz, played by Javier Bardem, by her side

Together forever: The film follows Lucille’s rise to the top as one of the world’s most prominent comedians with her husband, Desi Arnaz, played by Javier Bardem, by her side

'I am the biggest asset in the portfolio of the Columbia Broadcasting System, the biggest asset in the portfolio of Philip Morris Tobacco Westinghouse,' she said in the minute long clip released on Tuesday

‘I am the biggest asset in the portfolio of the Columbia Broadcasting System, the biggest asset in the portfolio of Philip Morris Tobacco Westinghouse,’ she said in the minute long clip released on Tuesday

Beloved: Packed studio audiences applauded as they watched Lucy and Ricky perform each night between scenes of table reads with producers and studio execs

Beloved: Packed studio audiences applauded as they watched Lucy and Ricky perform each night between scenes of table reads with producers and studio execs

'I work side by side with my husband who is genuinely impressed by me, and all I have to do to keep it is kill for 36 weeks in a row, and then do it the next year. I had no idea it was going to be a hit.'

‘I work side by side with my husband who is genuinely impressed by me, and all I have to do to keep it is kill for 36 weeks in a row, and then do it the next year. I had no idea it was going to be a hit.’

Kidman dressed down in an off-the shoulder blouse and culottes to reenact the infamous grape smashing scene from I Love Lucy.

The limited series is being produced by Nicole’s production company, Blossom Films, alongside Big Little Lies collaborators Bruna Papandrea and David E. Kelley.

It’s set over a week of rehearsals leading up to the taping of an I Love Lucy episode and explores the dynamics of Lucy and Desi’s ultimately failed marriage. 

Queen: Nicole reenacted the infamous grape smashing scene in the film

Queen: Nicole reenacted the infamous grape smashing scene in the film

Busy: It's set over a week of rehearsals leading up to the taping of an I Love Lucy episode and explores the dynamics of Lucy and Desi's ultimately failed marriage

Busy: It’s set over a week of rehearsals leading up to the taping of an I Love Lucy episode and explores the dynamics of Lucy and Desi’s ultimately failed marriage

The limited series is being produced by Nicole's production company, Blossom Films, alongside Big Little Lies collaborators Bruna Papandrea and David E. Kelley.

The limited series is being produced by Nicole’s production company, Blossom Films, alongside Big Little Lies collaborators Bruna Papandrea and David E. Kelley.

Being the Ricardos was not without controversy though as Lucille and Desi’s daughter, Lucie, pushed for a few ‘inaccurate’ scenes to be deleted from the film before it was released.

‘I mean, there are certain scenes that I wished hadn’t been in the feature film. I couldn’t get my way and have them taken out, but they weren’t accurate,’ she told Palm Springs Life.  

‘And I thought: “That shouldn’t be in there, because that never happened. That’s not true.” And it’s not just theatrical license, it just wasn’t true. And the day they shot the scene, the sprinklers went off on the set and destroyed the whole set.’

Lucie contended that in the movie ‘stuff happens that week that didn’t happen altogether the way Aaron has written it.’ 

She also acknowledged: ‘I think they are accurate composites of these people. And what I’ve seen of it… I haven’t seen any of the rushes, but I was on the set for just two days. What I saw was extraordinarily classy and first rate.’ 

Remember when: Aaron Sorkin's new biopic is about a single week spent making an episode of I Love Lucy; Lucille and Desi are pictured on the iconic sitcom which ran from 1951 to 1957

Remember when: Aaron Sorkin’s new biopic is about a single week spent making an episode of I Love Lucy; Lucille and Desi are pictured on the iconic sitcom which ran from 1951 to 1957

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