“Being The Ricardos” Backstory Movie Behind “I Love Lucy”

The timeless American sitcom “I Love Lucy” starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz started out as a project for a husband and wife to be together in Hollywood but became much more than that being an instant success. Writer and director Aaron Sorkin decided to tell the backstory behind the beloved sitcom “I Love Lucy” in a new movie with Prime Video called “Being the Ricardos” starring Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball and Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz.

“Being the Ricardos” follows Lucille and Desi navigating challenges in their relationship and business partnership with a dramatic chronicle. The movie takes place in September 1952 over the span of five days following the cast and crew getting ready to film the “Fred and Ethel Fight” episode about Lucy’s efforts in reuniting the Mertzes when it seems the couple is considering splitting up. 

The new movie won’t just be about the “I Love Lucy” show but will also chronicle serious points during production of the show off of the sound stage as the couple was facing serious personal journeys. Lucille and Desi deal with three major crises including Desi’s cover story spread “Desi’s Wild Night Out” in the tabloid ‘Confidential’ and when Lucille was investigated by the House of Un-American Activities Committees with claims, she had Communist ties.
Many Americans recognize the couple as being successful actors and mainly known for the “I Love Lucy” hit TV show, but there is a bigger story behind the scenes. As the writer and director, Aaron Sorkin worked closely for inspiration with Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille and Desi. Without giving away too much about the new movie, you can catch the movies in theaters starting December 10 and will be available on Prime Video starting December 21, just in time for the holidays.