Some like it hot. And in the forthcoming film Blonde, loosely based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, things are bound to get positively steamy. Granted, a large part of this is due to the fact that the heavenly Ana De Armas has taken on the mantle of playing the original blonde bombshell, but the Motion Picture Association's NC-17 rating of the film only confirms our suspicions. So gird your loins and strap yourselves in, we're bringing you everything you need to know about the forthcoming film from Netflix. From casting to release date, find the details of Blonde below.
What is Blonde about?
What separates Blonde from say, My Week With Marilyn, is that this film will use Joyce Carol Oates' bestselling 2000 novel of the same name as its source material. We'll enter Monroe's life from her own perspective, rather than through the eyes of an outsider. And while Oates is adamant that her novel is not to be read as a biography, the film will follow suit in touching on Monroe's marriages, affairs and public life while making larger commentary on celebrity and fame.
Who else has been cast in Blonde?
Since the film has been in the pipeline for some time now (it began production in 2010) names like Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain had been toyed with to play Monroe, but as we know, Ana De Armas ultimately won out after just one audition. Joining her will be Bobby Cannavale from Nine Perfect Strangers as who else but Joe DiMaggio—a perfect bit of casting in our opinion. One only matched by the selection of Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller. Meanwhile, John F. Kennedy will be played by Caspar Phillipson who also played the President in Pablo Lorrain's Jackie and Julianne Nicholson from Mare of Easttown has signed on as Monroe's mother, Gladys Pearl Baker.
The soundtrack will be one not to miss
As a favour to the films' writer and director Andrew Dominik, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are reportedly working on the score for Blonde after Dominik produced a documentary on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. A drawcard for all who have admired both musician's work.
Is there a trailer for Blonde?
Here it is, everyone. Our first official teaser trailer and De Armas has completely transformed into Monroe! See for yourself, below.
When will Blonde premiere?
After many months speculating about when Blonde will be released on Netflix, we now have an official date – September 23, 2022. The film will also appear for a short time in cinemas some time at the latter half of 2022.