There comes a moment in every star’s life where they get to channel another star in a movie.
For Nicole Kidman, that moment is now.
New photos made the rounds on Wednesday of “The Undoing” actress’s transformation into “I Love Lucy” icon Lucille Ball on the set of the new Aaron Sorkin film “Being the Ricardos.”
The photos show Kidman, 53, sporting bright orange-colored hair emblematic of the mid-century Hollywood star.
“Being the Ricardos” is written and directed by Sorkin, who’s known for his work on series like “The West Wing” and “The Newsroom,” and films like “The Social Network,” “Steve Jobs” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
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Kidman will star as Ball alongside Javier Bardem, who is cast as Ball’s then-husband and “I Love Lucy” costar, Desi Arnaz. Deadline first reported that he and Kidman were in talks for the role.
The film follows Ball and Arnaz over the course of a week during the taping of their hit show as the two navigate their marriage at a delicate time for both their relationship and the series.
In January, Kidman opened up about her excitement to play the part.
“I was like, “Yeah, I would love to give it a go,” Kidman told Variety in an interview, describing her decision to take on the part. "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."
“She's an amazing woman,” she added. “I'm very excited for people to see what Aaron 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.”
During the interview, the “Eyes Wide Shut” actress said she’d been studying Ball by watching old episodes of the classic sitcom, which ran on CBS from 1951 to 1957 for 180 episodes over six seasons.
“I love Lucille, having looked now and delved into her,” Kidman remarked of her research.
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