The first trailer for Blonde, the upcoming biopic of Netflix actress and singer Marilyn Monroe, has premiered online. Click below to watch:
The film stars No Time To Die and Blade Runner 2049 actress Ana de Armas as Monroe, with Adrien Brody, Sara Paxton, Bobby Cannavale and Julianne Nicholson among the supporting cast.
Blonde was directed by Andrew Dominik, the man behind the epic western The Murder of Jesse James by Coward Robert Ford and the bloody Chopper, as well as two feature-length documentaries about musician Nick Cave.
Dominik also wrote the screenplay, which is an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel of the same name, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Oates’ novel follows Monroe from her troubled childhood as Norma Jeane Mortenson, which she spent in various foster homes and orphanages in Los Angeles, to her reinvention as the Hollywood star that defined the 1950s and her tragic death at age 36.
Blonde has been adapted once before, into a 2001 miniseries with Poppy Montgomery as Monroe. Dominik’s opinion, however, proved to be more controversial…
Controversial? Like this?
Blonde has been the subject of controversy over her NC-17 rating, which is the first time a Netflix original has had such a rating. An NC-17 rating makes the film strictly 18+. The rating is rare, and most films that receive one are re-edited to an R rating, where anyone under the age of 17 who wants to watch the film needs an accompanying parent or adult guardian.
The reported rating caused a rift between Dominik and Netflix, which brought in Jennifer Lame, the editor of hits like Tenet and Hereditary, to try to re-engineer the film. Ultimately though, it looks like Dominik has won the day.
The film’s official synopsis, which Netflix released today, reads as follows: “Blonde boldly reimagines the life of one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons, Marilyn Monroe. Blonde’ blurs the lines of fact and fiction to explore the growing divide between their public and private selves”.
Blonde will premiere on Netflix on September 23 worldwide. It is expected to be one of Netflix’s top contenders for awards seasons, with the streaming giant’s executives still determined to win the Best Picture Oscar.
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