Cate Blanchett On Turning Down The Role Of Lucille Ball In ‘Being The Ricardos’

Cate Blanchett was replaced by Nicole Kidman to play Lucille Ball in ‘Being the Ricardos.’

Cate Blanchett is opening out about her professional life. The 52-year-old actress revealed her decision to leave Being the Ricardos in a recent interview with Variety.

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Cate Blanchett was originally cast as Lucille Ball, before Nicole Kidman took over the role.

She said, “It became the movie it needed to be. Those things happen in the right way, at the right time. In the best possible way, you don’t always envisage the same thing; and then it goes on to become a different entity. When Francis [Ford Coppola] calls, you just have to say yes. Because you’re on the epic, life-changing adventure ride. You’re on that roller coaster. I’m ready for that.”

Cate is referring to her being cast in Francis Ford Coppola’s upcoming film Megalopolis, which is set to begin filming at the end of this year. The director was also interested in casting Oscar Isaac, who had previously been considered for a role in Being the Ricardos.

Per reports, Megalopolis will tell the story of an architect who endeavours to rebuild New York City as a utopia after it has been struck by a disaster. It is rumored to star James Caan, Forest Whitaker, Zendaya and Michelle Pfeiffer. 

Last year, Nicole Kidman discussed how she felt about being cast as Lucy.

“I feel like there’s a sacred pact among us all — whoever gets something, that’s where it was meant to land,” Nicole Kidman told the New York Times of replacing Cate.

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Lucie Arnaz, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s daughter, told the Times that Cate Blanchett’s departure ‘devastated’ her.

“It just took too long and we lost her. I was devastated,” Lucie said, adding that it was difficult for her to find the proper person to play her mother.

“None of them made me happy. It was always like, ‘who’s the flavor of the month? Who’s got the hot movie of the minute?’ I thought that’s good — we should only be looking at Australian actresses for this!” referring to Nicole taking up the part.

Nicole Kidman, when asked about the early outrage to her casting before anyone saw her final performance, said she avoids social media comments but still finds out about them. She stated, “I’m not on the internet and I definitely don’t Google myself. But things trickle through.”

Cate Blanchett (who is presently starring in Don’t Look Up and Nightmare Alley) informed The Hollywood Reporter in 2018 about her plans to play Lucille Ball: “I’ve long been obsessed by Lucille Ball. Who hasn’t? … It’s a work in progress, but one I am very excited about.”

Being the Ricardos is now available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

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