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Ana de Armas is set to portray the iconic Hollywood figure, Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s new drama, Blonde. The film will explore how her life spirals.
The first trailer for this year’s most-awaited film has finally arrived and it gave us a glimpse into the life of an actress who is trying to hold on as Hollywood tries tearing apart everything she worked for.
“I’ve played Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Monroe. I can’t face doing another scene with Marilyn Monroe,” de Armas states in the video, which contains a creepy rendition of Monroe’s “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” from 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
“Marilyn doesn’t exist. When I come out of my dressing room, I’m Norma Jean. I’m still here when the camera is rolling. Marilyn Monroe only exists on the screen.”
In this new take on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, in Blonde, we see Monroe’s life through a fantastical lens as opposed to the harsh biopic that has been done before.
The official synopsis emphasizes that the movie stresses “a life both known and unknown” in a “boldly imaginative” project that navigates the complexity of the legend’s unsettling life.
The Netflix movie is rated NC-17 for its sexual content.
Is Blonde Really for the Unloved Children of the World?
Previously, Dominik referred to the film as “a movie for all the unloved children of the world,” talking to Collider.
“It’s like Citizen Kane and Raging Bull had a baby daughter,” he further said.
“The whole idea of Blonde was to detail a childhood drama and then show the way in which that drama splits the adults into a public and private self. And how the adult sees the world through the lens of that childhood drama, and it’s sort of a story of a person whose rational picture of the world as being overwhelmed by her unconscious, and it uses the iconography of Marilyn Monroe.”
Blonde, featuring Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller and Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio – two of Monroe’s husbands, drops on Netflix on September 28, after its debut at the Venice International Film Festival 2022.