Throughout the years, Marilyn Monroe has often been portrayed as the idealistic woman. Physically gorgeous and alluring on every level. Yet, in recent years, it's become more acceptable to dive into the tragedy of her life. The constant pressure to adhere to the Hollywood persona that made her a pop culture and pin-up icon. Michelle Williams saw herself gain an Oscar nomination for her portrayal in My Week with Marilyn (2011) by teasing the broken elements of the character behind the scenes. That behind the sultry voice and her angelic blonde hair was a depressed woman struggling with drugs and feeling trapped in her life. Now, more than a decade since then, Ana de Armas looks to completely shatter any illusions of Monroe's seemingly perfect exterior self with the upcoming film Blonde, based on Joyce Carol Oates's historical fiction novel Blonde that delves exclusively into Monroe's inner life.
Director Andrew Dominik seems the right man to take the helm of such a project, having walked a line between cinematic history (2007's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) and visceral documentaries (having done two focused on musician Nick Cave). Dominik has promised since day one that he would refuse to hold back any nitty-gritty elements of Monroe's life with the movie confirmed to have an NC-17 rating. And judging by the first teaser released for the film today, he will uphold that promise by showing Monroe as the unstable starlet who just wanted to be accepted but was ultimately smothered by the obsession of the crowds she gathered. Check out the teaser below:
Blonde co-stars Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, and Julianne Nicholson. It is scheduled to be released on September 23th on Netflix.