While she's one of the world's most iconic figures of all time, life wasn't always so happy for the American actress, Marilyn Monroe. Now, her tragic tale is being portrayed in the Netflix movie, Blonde, starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn.
From her early years as a model and young actress to her tragic and untimely death, her story is a difficult one to digest, and Blonde, written and directed by Andrew Dominik, is set to delve into this side of her life that wasn't on film.
Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe
You may recognise Ana de Armas from a number of movie roles she has already undertaken including James Bond movie, No Time to Die, Knives Out and Blade Runner 2049 to name a few.
With naturally dark hair, Ana went under a real transformation to turn into Marilyn. We think she looks a lot like Marilyn with her platinum blonde hair, famous beauty spot and make-up.
Cuban born, many have criticised the casting, claiming they can hear a slight accent in Ana's voice in the trailer of the movie and that she doesn't sound enough like Marilyn. However, Marilyn Monroe's estate recently released a statement which said: “Based on the trailer alone, it looks like Ana was a great casting choice as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity and vulnerability,”.
Blonde release date
You can start streaming Blonde on Netflix from September 28, 2022.
As well as Ana de Armas starring as Marilyn Monroe, there are plenty of famous faces starring in the film in supporting roles.
Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller, the playwright and screenwriter who was Marilyn Monroe's third husband.
Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio, baseball player and Marilyn Monroe's second husband. This pair were also one of many celebrity couples who eloped!
Xavier Samuel as Charles Chaplin Jr. eldest son of Charlie Chaplin.
Julianne Nicholson as Gladys Pearl Baker, Monroe's mother.
Blonde Netflix trailer
What is Blonde about?
The tag line of the Blonde movie is 'Watched by all, seen by none.' And as you can see from the trailer, it features a rather harrowing version of Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend.
This biographical, psychological drama begins following Marilyn's traumatic childhood as a young Norma Jeane Mortenson (Marilyn's real name), before becoming a famous Hollywood actress in the 1950s and 60s. From her famous on-screen kisses (like her famous one with Tony Curtis, husband of Janet Leigh) to her status as one of the most popular sex symbols of all time, it's no surprise this film is rated 18, as you can expect some rather adult themes throughout.
The film aims to show the stark contrast between her public and on-screen persona and her private life where she faced depression, relationship problems, being a victim of exploitation where men would abuse their power and her struggles with drug addiction.