Netflix has released the teaser for the Marilyn Monroe biopic starring Ana de Armas, called Blonde. Based on the bestselling novel by Joyce Carol Oates, it is notable for its NC-17 rating.
For those of us in the UK, an NC-17 rating is the same as an 18 over here. The official description of an NC-17 is: Rated for gratuitous violence, obscene sex/nudity, and harsh language. I swear to God, if de Armas goes full birthday suit in this, my wife will definitely be divorcing me on the grounds of mental adultery!
The official Blonde synopsis from Netflix reads:
Blonde boldly reimagines the life of one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons, Marilyn Monroe. From her volatile childhood as Norma Jeane, through her rise to stardom and romantic entanglements, Blonde blurs the lines of fact and fiction to explore the widening split between her public and private selves.
Without doubt Marilyn Monroe was one of the most stunning women to ever grace the silver screen. It’s only fitting that one of current Hollywood’s most beautiful women in should once again bring her to life.
Even though it’s just a teaser, it looks like everyone involved has nailed it. De Armas looks exceptional and the recreation of famous scenes and iconic imagery is near on perfect.
Something To Offend Everyone
Director Andrew Dominik seems like an absolute Alpha. He directed Chopper which launched Eric Bana onto the world stage. As well as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly and two episodes of David Fincher’s brilliant Mindhunter.
Apparently the NC-17 rating was a bone of contention with Netflix but Dominik stuck to his guns and has “nothing but gratitude for Netflix,” for supporting the movie even if they had some issues with its content. Dominik explains:
“Blonde is a demanding movie. If the audience doesn’t like it, that’s the fucking audience’s problem. It’s not running for public office.”
And speaking to Vulture in May, he added about the film:
“There’s something in it to offend everyone.”
De Armas’ Dedication
De Armas said for the 47-day shoot, which required multiple hours in the hair and makeup chair, she not only read Joyce’s novel but studied hundreds of photographs, videos, audio recordings and films. With her incredibly sexy Cuban accent, she says:
“Andrew’s ambitions were very clear from the start — to present a version of Marilyn Monroe’s life through her lens. He wanted the world to experience what it actually felt like to not only be Marilyn, but also Norma Jeane”
The film also stars Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Evan Williams, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel, Scoot McNairy, Garret Dillahunt, and Lucy DeVito. Blonde is produced by Brad Pitt and some other people I’ve never heard of before.
Blonde is scheduled for release in September on Netflix.