Marilyn Monroe is a Hollywood legend, known as much for her work on the big screen as she was for being a fashion icon and the subject of celebrity gossip off the big screen. Blonde, starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, is set to be released in 2022.
This is not the first time Monroe has been the subject of a film. There have been numerous documentaries made about the actress, including The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes, which will be available on Netflix in 2022. There have also been two previous fiction films about Monroe, Marilyn and Me in 1991, starring Susan Griffins, and My Week with Marilyn in 2011, starring Michelle Williams, who received an Oscar nomination.
Blonde is getting a lot of attention for reasons other than the fact that it is a biopic of Marilyn Monroe and that de Armas is the latest actress to play her. Let’s get right into it as we go over everything you need to know about Blonde.
Cast of Blonde
Ana de Armas isn’t the only well-known actress in the Blonde cast. Adrien Brody (The Pianist), Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire), Garret Dillahunt (Ambulance), Julianne Nicholson (Mare of Easttown), Sara Paxton (Good Girls), Scoot McNairy (Godless), Xavier Samuel (Elvis), and Evan Williams (Westworld) will join her as Marilyn Monroe.
According to IMDb, Brody is playing “The Playwright,” and Bobby Cannavale is playing “The Ex-Athlete.” Though they are not named, those who are familiar with Marilyn Monroe’s marital history can probably guess that these characters are based on Arthur Miller (The Playwright) and Joe DiMaggio (The Ex-Athlete).
The most important thing to remember about Blonde is that it is not a traditional biopic. It will include fictional accounts of other events as well as specific scenes from Monroe’s life, such as her white dress blowing up from the subway grate.
Blonde, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ bestselling novel, “boldly reimagines the life of one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons, Marilyn Monroe.”
“From her turbulent childhood as Norma Jeane to her rise to stardom and romantic entanglements, Blonde blurs the lines between fact and fiction to explore the growing divide between her public and private selves.”
“The film, written and directed by Andrew Dominik, stars Ana de Armas, Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel, and Evan Williams.”
What Is the Release Date of Blonde?
According to Wikipedia, Blonde had its world premiere on September 8, 2022, at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, and is set to be released in New York City on September 16, 2022, and in the United States on September 23, 2022, before its Netflix streaming release on September 28, 2022.
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Ana De Armas in the Role of Marilyn Monroe
It’s no easy task to fill the shoes of a legend, but Ana de Armas is doing just that in Blonde as Marilyn Monroe.
Ana de Armas has quickly become an A-list actress. Her first major Hollywood roles were in Hands of Stone and War Dogs in 2016, and she then appeared in two blockbuster films, Blade Runner 2049 and Knives Out, which helped her become a household name.
She most recently appeared in Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film, No Time to Die, and earlier in 2022, she co-starred in Deep Water with Ben Affleck. De Armas has a busy 2022 ahead of him. She co-stars in Netflix’s The Gray Man with Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, in addition to Deep Water and Blonde in the Fall.
De Armas was drawn to the role because of writer/director Andrew Dominik’s vision for portraying Marilyn Monroe, according to Blonde to Queue(opens in new tab).
“From the beginning, Andrew’s ambitions were very clear — to present a version of Marilyn Monroe’s life through her lens,” de Armas said. “He wanted the world to know what it was like to be not only Marilyn, but also Norma Jeane, and I thought that was the most daring, unapologetic, and feminist take on her story I’d ever seen.”
Is There a Blonde Trailer?
Blonde’s official trailer is now available. The film looks stunning with its mix of black-and-white and color photography and period clothing, while also highlighting clips of Marilyn Monroe’s struggles, including a line from de Armas saying that Monroe doesn’t exist and that she is instead Norma Jean playing a part. Watch the full trailer right here:
Netflix previously released a teaser trailer depicting the two sides of Norma Jean/Marilyn. Take a look at this.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Directed the Film Blonde?
Blonde’s writer and director are Andrew Dominik. His first feature film was Chopper in 2000, but his most well-known film is The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which starred Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck in 2007. He later directed Pitt in the dark satire Killing Them Softly.
Why is Blonde Being Rated NC-17?
The Motion Picture Association gave “Blonde” an NC-17 rating earlier this year due to “some sexual content,” according to the organization’s website. This means that the movie is only appropriate for adults, and no one under the age of 17 should be admitted to the theatre.
When Can I See Blonde?
Blonde has been in production (or post-production) for a long time, with rumors flying about its plot, how it treats Monroe, and what it’ll be like to watch. Now, we finally know when it’s coming out – Blonde will premiere on Netflix on 23 September 2022.