Lucille Ball’s daughter is speaking out against people criticizing the decision to cast Nicole Kidman as her mother in an upcoming film.
Lucie Arnaz, the 69-year-old daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, posted a video to Facebook on Sunday defending the casting decision of Kidman, while fans believe the role should have been given to “Will & Grace” star, Debra Messing, according to Entertainment Weekly.
"There seems to be a lot of discussion about Nicole Kidman [and people saying] it should be Debra Messing.... I don't know, but here's the deal and what you should understand: We're not doing a remake of I Love Lucy,” Arnaz said. “No one has to impersonate Lucy Ricardo [or do] any of the silly things. It's the story of Lucille Ball, my actual mother.”
Following the casting news, social media jumped to Messing’s defense. Actress Valerie Bertinelli tweeted that Messing was “robbed” of the role. Another user speculated that Messing might have been unavailable, to which the actress responded, “Oh no, I’m available.”
The film, titled “Being the Ricardos,” is directed by entertainment titan Aaron Sorkin. Oscar winner Javier Bardem is rumored to play Desi Arnaz.
Arnaz continued: "It is a story of the two of them and how they met, and what went right with finding the show and what went wrong, their relationship, their love affair."
She added: "It's going to have I Love Lucy in it — as a matter of fact, Aaron Sorkin has set it on the stage of filming, one week of rehearsing and filming the show, and all this other stuff takes place during that time."
Arnaz told fans they “won’t be disappointed” by the finished product, and asked people to trust the creative process.