Simmons will play actor William Frawley
Academy Award winner JK Simmons has joined the cast of the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz biopic “Being the Ricardos,” an upcoming Amazon drama being written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.
Simmons will play actor William Frawley, who played Ball and Arnaz’s co-star in the “I Love Lucy” show in the role of Fred Mertz. Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are in final talks to play Ball and Arnaz.
The film will follow Ball and Arnaz during a week of production on “I Love Lucy,” from table read to a shoot in front of a live studio audience. Along the way, the pair faces new challenges that could forever change their careers and their marriage.
Escape Artists will produce the film with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch as producers and Jenna Block and David Bloomfield as executive producers. Ball and Arnaz’s children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. will also serve as executive producers with Stuart Besser and Laurie Lohman. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a start date on production has not been set.
“Being the Ricardos” will be Sorkin’s third film as director following “Molly’s Game” and last year’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” the latter of which is expected to earn multiple Oscar nominations.
Simmons most recently starred opposite Andy Samberg in Hulu’s comedy “Palm Springs” and will next be seen reprising his role as Commissioner Gordon in the “Justice League: Snyder Cut,” which will premiere on HBO Max next month. Simmons will also star opposite Chris Pratt in sci-fi thriller “The Tomorrow War.”
JK Simmons is repped by Gersh.
Deadline first reported the news.
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