Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde shares first teaser: Ana de Armas is seen sobbing then laughing
On Thursday morning, the first teaser for the Netflix film Blonde about Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe was shared.
Cuban actress Ana de Armas is seen sobbing as the blonde bombshell who says she doesn’t want to be abandoned until a male makeup artist tells her that her boyfriend is coming to help her.
Ana can also be seen in the pink dress she wore for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes when she sang Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend and also in the white dress over a street vent for her movie The Seven Year Itch.
There she is: Thursday morning the first teaser for the Netflix film Blonde about Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe was shared. Cuban actress Ana de Armas can be seen in the title role
When the star is told her friend is almost there, Marilyn goes from crying to smiling and then laughing, hinting at her erratic moods changing.
Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend is sung over the clip in a slow, moody voice.
The film is based on a 2000 book by Joyce Carol Oates.
Blonde is slated for a September release on Netflix and will be the streaming service’s first original film to receive an NC-17 rating.
The NC-17-rated biopic has “something in it to offend anyone,” the film’s Australian director Andrew Dominik said in May.
So close: Ana looks like the actress; here she can be seen during a fitting
Hollywood icon: Monroe screened at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills in March 1962
The 54-year-old New Zealander in an interview with Vulture in May said he was surprised that the upcoming Netflix movie was given the NC-17 rating, which would prevent anyone under 18 from seeing it in theaters under any circumstances.
“On the one hand, I think given the choice, I’d rather see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story.
“Because we know her life was on the brink, obviously, from the way it ended. Do you want to see the warts-and-everything version or do you want to see the purified version?” said Dominik.
Not easy to deal with fame: here Ana is seen as Marilyn being hunted by the fans and the press
Glory: And she smiles as she shoots a promotional campaign for The Seven Year Itch
Blonde has been a project for Dominik for a long time and the first recordings are scheduled for January 2011.
Dominik said it was an “interesting time” for Blonde to get out.
“If it had come out a few years ago, it would have come out right when Me Too hit and it would have been an expression of all those things. We’re in a time now, I think, where people are really insecure about where any lines are,” he said.
“It’s a movie that definitely has a moral. But it swims in very ambiguous waters, because I don’t think it’s going to be as easy as people want it to be. There’s something in it to offend anyone,” Dominik added.
Long-term project: Blonde, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel of the same name about Marilyn Monroe (shown in a 1953 promo for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), is a long-term project for Dominik. 2011
Jessica Chastain, 45, was in talks to play Monroe in 2014. Armas, 34, was cast in the lead role in late 2019.
Dominik gushed about the actress while responding to a question about his casting of Australian actor and comedian Eric Bana, 53, to play notorious Australian criminal Mark ‘Chopper’ Read in his 2000 biopic Chopper.
“He could do Mark. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen Mark ‘Chopper’ Read, the real man? It’s unbelievable how close Eric is to that man. His own father thought that in some parts of Chopper it was actually Mark. Usually the problem with most movies is that they are cast incorrectly. Not most movies, but it can happen,” Dominik said.
“It’s the same problem with Blonde. You have to cast someone you buy as Marilyn Monroe. She’s great, that girl. You have no idea, dude. You have no idea how good Ana is. She’s as good as James Gandolfini,” he declared.
Starring: De Armas, seen in January 2020 at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, was cast in the lead role of Blonde in late 2019