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Nicole Kidman Almost Dropped Out of 'Being the Ricardos' Following Casting Backlash

Nicole Kidman is addressing the backlash surrounding her playing Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos.

While promoting the upcoming movie, the 54-year-old actress stopped by Live with Kelly and Ryan where she revealed the public’s backlash over her playing the iconic comedian nearly drove her to back out of the movie.

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Nicole Kidman Transforms Into Lucille Ball in First 'Being The Ricardos' Set Photos!

Nicole Kidman has been spotted on set of her highly-anticipated new movie!

The 53-year-old Oscar-winning actress has transformed into legendary comedienne Lucille Ball while on set of Being the Ricardos on Tuesday afternoon (April 12) in Hollywood, Calif.

In the photos obtained by The Daily Mail, Nicole can be seen sporty fiery red hair while wrapped up in a raincoat while chatting with crew members.

Back in January, it was announced that Nicole had signed on to play Lucy in the Aaron Sorkin-directed movie.

The movie will focus on when Lucy and ex-husband Desi Arnaz face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage. See who will play Desi here!

Nicole‘s casting was met with skepticism online but Lucie Arnaz, the 69-year-old daughter of Lucy and Desi, expressed her support for the actress in a Facebook video.

Nicole Kidman Speaks Out About Playing Lucille Ball After Casting Controversy

Nicole Kidman is opening up about playing Lucille Ball in the upcoming film Being the Ricardos after her casting caused public outcry on social media.

In a new interview with Variety, the Australian actress shared how she’s been preparing for her role as Lucille and her enthusiasm for the movie.

“I love Lucille, having looked now and delved into her,” Nicole shared. “She’s an amazing woman. I’m very excited for people to see what [director Aaron Sorkin] found out about her and the way he’s interpreted Desi and Lucy and the way that it’s so rich. I didn’t know any of this.”

Javier Bardem will star opposite Nicole as Lucille‘s husband Desi Arnaz, who she was married to from 1940 to 1960. The movie is set to be released on Amazon.

The Undoing star voiced her excitement to be working alongside Javier and Aaron Sorkin: “With Aaron’s words and his direction and Javier … that’s kind of a wonderful prospect to, you know. But yikes, off we go. Give it a go. Try my best—see if I can do it.”

Nicole‘s casting was met with skepticism online but Lucie Arnaz, the 69-year-old daughter of Lucille and Desi, expressed her support for the actress in a Facebook video.

Debra Messing also reacted to news of the biopic was announced and campaigned for the part on Twitter.

Lucie Arnaz Defends Nicole Kidman Starring as Her Mom Lucille Ball in 'Being The Ricardos'

Lucie Arnaz is opening up about the controversy of Nicole Kidman playing her mother, Lucille Ball, in a biopic.

The now 69-year-old daughter of Lucille and Desi Arnaz, addressed the issues about Nicole‘s casting after seeing fans’ outcry over the situation.

If you didn’t see, Nicole will be starring as Lucille in Aaron Sorkin‘s Being the Ricardos, which is set for Amazon.

The movie will reportedly focus on when Lucy and Desi face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage. See who will play Desi here!

“It’s a done deal,” Lucie shared on a Facebook through a video message. “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…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. It’s the story of Lucille Ball, my actual mother, not Lucy Ricardo, and her husband, Desi 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,” Lucie shared.

Debra Messing did campaign for the role, shortly after it was announced that Nicole was in talks for the role.

Debra Messing Reacts to Nicole Kidman Playing Lucille Ball, Campaigns for the Role

Debra Messing clearly wants to play Lucille Ball in the upcoming movie being made about the icon’s life, though Nicole Kidman has reportedly landed the role.

The Emmy-winning actress took to Twitter on Monday night (January 11) and reacted to all of the love she has been getting from fans after the news was announced.

Debra seemed like a perfect choice for the role as she already gave an impeccable performance as Lucille during an episode of Will & Grace‘s final season.

One fan tweeted saying that they’re choose to believe that Debra was unavailable for the project. She responded by saying, “Oh no, I’m available.”

Another fan tweeted a quote that Debra said last year about how she used to say, “I would not even touch that. Like she is untouchable.” In response to that, Debra said, “Ummmmmm, I changed my mind. 😜.”

The upcoming movie will be set during one production week of I Love Lucy which was a Monday table read through Friday audience filming schedule. It will focus on when Lucy and Desi face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage. Javier Bardem is in talks to play Desi Arnaz and the movie will be written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.

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Nicole Kidman & Javier Bardem In Talks To Play Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz For Amazon Movie

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are going to bring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz to life again on Amazon.

Deadline reports that the two Oscar winning actors are teaming up with Aaron Sorkin to bring the fictional couple and their real life counterparts to life in Being the Ricardos.

The film will be set during one production week of I Love Lucy which was a Monday table read through Friday audience filming schedule.

It will focus on when Lucy and Desi face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.

Aaron will not only direct the film, but wrote the script for it as well.

I Love Lucy ran for six seasons from 1951 until 1957, before Lucy and Desi launched The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour. That ran until 1960.

Lucy and Desi divorced in 1960, and shared two children, Lucie and Desi Jr.

Just recently, some sad news was revealed about Lucy and Desi‘s granddaughter.

Cate Blanchett's Lucille Ball Biopic Moves Forward, Javier Bardem 'In the Mix' for Desi Arnaz

Cate Blanchett‘s Lucille Ball biopic has landed at Amazon!

The project is an authorized biopic and will be produced by Lucille and Desi Arnaz‘s kids. The movie will focus on the legendary comedic star, who starred in I Love Lucy, The Lucy”Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy and Life with Lucy. Aaron Sorkin will write the script.

Lucy earned four Emmys over the course of her career, and was married to Desi from 1940 to 1960.

Deadline is reporting that the search is on to find a big named star to play Desi – with Javier Bardem‘s name in the mix! Producers are also searching for the perfect Fred and Ethel, the beloved characters from I Love Lucy.