Classic television's original comedienne is getting her very own biographical feature film -- and we've got some
'splainin casting to do.
Ball was the brains behind the classic TV sitcom "I Love Lucy," on which she starred with real-life husband Desi Arnaz, and ultimately became the first woman ever to run a major television studio. And with Blanchett in its starring role, this biopic is already a big deal -- which means it really needs the right guy in the role of Ball's leading man. Which actor has the chops to love Lucy? We've rounded up a few potential picks.
Desi Arnaz was a formidable showman with impeccable presence and perfect comic timing -- and John Leguizamo is Desi Arnaz reincarnated, basically.
It's been way too long since we saw Nestor and his incredible, all-natural guy-liner on the big screen. He's the Desi Arnaz we need and deserve.
Can Benjamin Bratt straddle the line between the serious drama of a biopic and the straight-man role in an absurdist comedy? Um, have you seen "Miss Congeniality"?
Lavan is already a core cast member on Nick's "Every Witch Way," and that's great! But a meaty role in the Lucille Ball biopic would give him a chance to spread his wings a bit.
Benicio Del Toro
Benicio seems to gravitate toward bad-guy roles these days, but that just means he could bring a certain edge to his onscreen marriage with Blanchett's Lucy -- a relationship which was actually pretty tumultuous and troubled in real life.
Levy is younger than the other men on our list (and than his would-be costar), but then again, Desi Arnaz was six years Lucy's junior. Also, I mean... just look at him.