Aaron Sorkin Defends Decision to Cast Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball

The West Wing writer acknowledged that fans wanted someone else, like Debra Messing, to portray the enigmatic actress, but Sorkin said, “I’m certain that when people see the movie, they’ll leave feeling that Nicole has made a very solid case for herself, but moreover, I’ve found that you can really leverage low expectations.”

However, it remains to be seen if fans will be satisfied with acting alone, especially when Will & Grace viewers had their hearts set on seeing Debra in the film. Valerie Bertinelli herself tweeted the actress “was robbed.”

On Twitter, one fan said, “Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball makes ZERO SENSE in a world where Debra Messing exists.”

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