Sorkin, you got some ‘splainin’ to do! After news broke that Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are in talks to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, respectively, in Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming film, Being the Ricardos, fans stormed social media to share their displeasure with the casting.
“Debra should really be the only choice here,” one user wrote, while another said: “Seriously. Pick up the god**mn phone and call @DebraMessing right fu**ing now.” While a third commented, “The insanity of not casting @DebraMessing to play Lucille Ball is head-scratching for this project. They got some ‘splainin’ to do.”
Even One Day at a Time actress Valerie Bertinelli chimed in, saying that “Debra Messing was robbed.”
Messing got in on the action herself, retweeting several messages that supported her being cast as the TV star. The 52-year-old actress made it clear that she was “available” to play the role, after a fan questioned if her being busy with other productions was the reason she didn’t get the part.
Messing has long been a fan of Ball, and during the last season of Will & Grace, she explored the world of the Ricardos as part of an episode. The cast recreated several classic bits, alternating roles, with Messing's character dressing as Lucy for the hilarious (and iconic!) drunken Vitameatavegamin commercial from I Love Lucy.
Watch the clip below.
The upcoming Being the Ricardos film has been in the making for quite some time, and at one point had Cate Blanchett attached to star as the loveable redhead. The movie will take place during one week of production of the classic I Love Lucy sitcom, as Arnaz and Ball run into a crisis that threatens to derail their relationship and their careers.