The first trailer for Blonde, Netflix's lavish new biopic about actress and singer Marilyn Monroe, has premiered online. Click below to view:
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 Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and 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's 2000 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name.
Oates's novel traces Monroe from her troubled childhood as Norma Jeane Mortenson, spent in various foster homes and orphanages in Los Angeles, to her reinvention as a defining 1950s Hollywood star and her tragic death at the age of 36 years old.
Blonde has already been adapted once, for a 2001 miniseries starring Poppy Montgomery as Monroe. Dominik's opinion, however, turned out to be more controversial...
Blonde has been the subject of controversy due to its 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 movies that receive one are later re-released to an R rating, where anyone under the age of 17 who wants to see the movie must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
The reported note sparked a rift between Dominik and Netflix, which turned to Jennifer Lame, the publisher of hits like Tenet and Hereditary, to try to rethink the movement. In the end, it looks like Dominik won the day.
The official synopsis for the film, which Netflix released today, reads: "Blonde boldly reinvents 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 between fact and fiction to explore the growing separation between her public self and her private self.
Blonde will debut on Netflix on September 23 worldwide. It's expected to be one of Netflix's top contenders for awards season, and executives at the streaming giant are still hell-bent on winning the Oscar for Best Picture.
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