Film ‘Blonde’: Details on the film of Marilyn Monroe with Ana de Armas
Unfortunately, the fictional musical Marilyn Monroe from the television series Smash, “Bombshell” doesn’t appear to be making its Broadway debut anytime soon, but we’ve got another look at the life and loves of Marilyn Monroe: Blond, with Ana de Armas. The film – based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates – has been picked up by Netflix and will be released on the streamer sometime after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.
Here’s everything we know about the project.
What is it based on?
A 700-page historical fiction account of Monroe’s life (and, most importantly, inner life) by Joyce Carol Oates. The novel explores the idea that Monroe may have been murdered, which is, um, highly unlikely, but a great story! In fact, Oates’ novel proved popular enough to be turned into a two-part miniseries a year after its publication. We expect this new adaptation to make more of a splash.
It doesn’t appear that Oates had much input into writing the screenplay, which is credited to director Andrew Dominik online, but she is already supportive of the project, calling the footage she saw “brilliant” on Twitter.
Who’s in the cast?
In addition to de Armas as the titular blonde, the film will feature several well-known faces playing well-known names. Adrien Brody is the playwright (aka Monroe’s husband, Death of a seller scribe Arthur Miller), and Bobby Cannavale plays the former athlete (another Monroe husband: Yankees center Joe DiMaggio). Caspar Phillipson, who bears a striking resemblance to JFK and played him in Jackiewill play the president, by Free time.
The film is produced by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment, and is scored by Nick Cave.