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Cate Blanchett talks turning down Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos… which went to Nicole Kidman


Cate Blanchett addresses her decision to turn down the role of Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos… which ultimately went to Nicole Kidman


She’s an Academy Award-winning actress with a host of incredible roles on her resume. 

And Cate Blanchett addressed her decision to turn down the opportunity to play Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos during an interview with Variety. 

The 52-year-old actress was originally cast in the Amazon Prime movie as the iconic comedian, but the role ultimately went to Nicole Kidman. 

Finally opening up: Cate Blanchett addressed her decision to turn down the opportunity to play Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos during an interview with Variety

Finally opening up: Cate Blanchett addressed her decision to turn down the opportunity to play Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos during an interview with Variety

‘It became the movie it needed to be,’ she said. ‘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 Copolla] 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.’

The role that Cate is referring to is the six time Golden Globe winning director’s newest film, Megalopolis, which is reportedly beginning production at the end of this year.  

The co-stars: Nicole Kidman was joined alongside Javier Bardem to bring the iconic Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz characters to life

The co-stars: Nicole Kidman was joined alongside Javier Bardem to bring the iconic Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz characters to life

Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball: The 52-year-old actress was originally cast in the Amazon Prime movie as Lucille Ball, but the role ultimately went to Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball: The 52-year-old actress was originally cast in the Amazon Prime movie as Lucille Ball, but the role ultimately went to Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman opened up about how she felt being cast as Lucy last year.

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

Lucille and Desi Arnaz’s daugher, Lucie, told the Times that she was ‘devastated’ when Cate left the cast. 

‘It just took too long and we lost her. I was devastated,’ Lucie explained, also adding it was hard for her to find someone who would be the right fit to play her mother. 

Premiere night: Nicole stunned at the New York film premiere of Being the Ricardos in December

Premiere night: Nicole stunned at the New York film premiere of Being the Ricardos in December 

‘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?”’

She also added how she felt about Nicole taking over the role and said, ‘I thought that’s good — we should only be looking at Australian actresses for this!’

Cate recently starred in Netflix’s Don’t Look Up, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Tyler Perry and Ariana Grande. 

Netflix's hit movie: Cate recently starred in Netflix's Don't Look Up, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Tyler Perry and Ariana Grande

Netflix’s hit movie: Cate recently starred in Netflix’s Don’t Look Up, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Tyler Perry and Ariana Grande

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