MOVIE NEWS – The makers hope to land Blonde on Netflix later this year.
In the latest trailer for director Andrew Dominik and Netflix’s upcoming biopic Blonde, Ana de Armas transforms into Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, and the transformation promises to be more than impressive. The film details the life of the legendary actress and the tragedies that befell her as she became one of the world’s most famous people.
Blonde is scheduled to debut on Netflix on September 23 2022.
Based on the bestselling novel by Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde boldly reimagines the life of one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons, Marilyn Monroe. From her volatile childhood as Norma Jeane to her stardom and romantic entanglements, the film blurs the line between fact and fiction to explore the widening gap between her public and private selves.
Ana de Armas, star of Blade Runner 2049 and No Time to Die, plays Norma Jeane Mortensen, aka Marilyn Monroe. Blonde follows the real-life superstar’s traumatic childhood as Norma Jeane becomes an actress in 1950s Hollywood and the early 1960s. Written and directed by Andrew Dominik, the director of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Killing Them Softly, Blonde boasts an excellent supporting cast, starring Ana de Armas. Many of them are familiar names from the classic Hollywood era.
Among the celebrity supporting cast are Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller, Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio, Julianne Nicholson as Gladys Pearl Baker and Caspar Phillipson as John F. Kennedy.
Joyce Carol Oates, author of the novel on which Blonde is based, praised Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe. “Ana de Armas, the wonderful actress who plays her, I think it took her like four hours of make-up. So when you see them on screen, they don’t really exist,” Oates said of her portrayal of the star of No Time to Die. “It’s like a fantastic image, but to make it a livelihood is to endure a good deal of anguish. As Marilyn got older, she was still being given these roles a young starlet would play, and she was feeling humiliated. You can’t keep playing this dumb blonde nearing the age of 40.”
“Some people say she committed suicide. I don’t necessarily think that. I think she may have died of something like extreme despair.”
Oates also praised director Andrew Dominik’s vision, saying, “Andrew Dominik is a very brilliant director. I think he succeeded in showing the experience of Norma Jeane Baker from her perspective, rather than see it from the outside, the male gaze looking at a woman. He immersed himself in her perspective.”
Blonde is scheduled to hit Netflix on September 23, 2022, with an NC-17 rating.