Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde shares first teaser: Ana de Armas is seen sobbing then laughing


Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde shares first teaser: Ana de Armas is seen sobbing then laughing as the troubled icon along with flashes of her in Gentleman Prefer Blondes and The Seven Year Itch

The first teaser for the Netflix film Blonde about Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe was shared on Thursday morning.

Cuban actress Ana de Armas is seen sobbing as the blonde bombshell who says she does not want to be abandoned before a her male makeup artist tells her that her friend will be coming to help her.

Ana is also seen in the pink dress that she wore for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes when she sang Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend and also in the white dress over a street vent for her film The Seven Year Itch.

There she is: The first teaser for the Netflix film Blonde about Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe was shared on Thursday morning. Cuban actress Ana de Armas is seen in the title role

There she is: The first teaser for the Netflix film Blonde about Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe was shared on Thursday morning. Cuban actress Ana de Armas is seen in the title role

When the star is told that her friend is almost there, Marilyn goes from weeping to smiling and then laughing, which hints at her erratically changing moods.

Over the clip, Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend is sung in a slow, moody voice.

The movie is based on a 2000 book by Joyce Carol Oates.

Blonde is scheduled for release in September on Netflix and will be the streaming service’s first original film to garner an NC-17 rating. 

The NC-17 rated biopic has ‘something in it to offend everyone’ said the film’s Australian director Andrew Dominik said in May.

So close: Ana does look similar to the actress; here she is seen during a fitting

So close: Ana does look similar to the actress; here she is seen during a fitting

Hollywood icon: Monroe is shown in March 1962 at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills

Hollywood icon: Monroe is shown in March 1962 at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills

The 54-year-old New Zealand native in an interview with Vulture in May said he was surprised the upcoming Netflix film received the NC-17 rating, which does not allow anyone under 18 to watch in theaters in any circumstance. 

‘On the one hand, I think if I’m given the choice, I’d rather go and see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story. 

‘Because we know that her life was on the edge, clearly, from the way it ended. Do you want to see the warts-and-all version or do you want to see that sanitized version?,’ Dominik said.

Not easy dealing with fame: Here Ana is seen as Marilyn being rushed by the fans and press

Not easy dealing with fame: Here Ana is seen as Marilyn being rushed by the fans and press

Glory: And she smiles as she shoots a promotional campaign for The Seven Year Itch

Glory: And she smiles as she shoots a promotional campaign for The Seven Year Itch

Blonde has been a longtime project for Dominik with shooting first scheduled to start way back in January 2011.

Dominik said it was an ‘interesting time’ for Blonde to be released.

‘If it had come out a few years ago, it would have come out right when Me Too hit and it would have been an expression of all that stuff. We’re in a time now, I think, where people are really uncertain about where any lines are,’ he said.

‘It’s a film that definitely has a morality about it. But it swims in very ambiguous waters because I don’t think it will be as cut-and-dried as people want to see it. There’s something in it to offend everyone,’ Dominik added.

Longtime project: Blonde, based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates about Marilyn Monroe (shown in a 1953 promo for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), has been a longtime project for Dominik with shooting first scheduled to start way back in January 2011

Longtime project: Blonde, based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates about Marilyn Monroe (shown in a 1953 promo for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), has been a longtime project for Dominik with shooting first scheduled to start way back in January 2011

Jessica Chastain, 45, was in talks in 2014 to play Monroe. Armas, 34, in late 2019 was cast in the lead role.

Dominik gushed about the actress while responding to a question about his casting of Australian actor and comedian Eric Bana, 53, to portray notorious Australian criminal Mark ‘Chopper’ Read in his 2000 biopic Chopper.

‘He could do Mark. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen Mark ‘Chopper’ Read, the real guy? It’s unbelievable how close Eric is to that guy. His own father thought that in some parts of Chopper, it was actually Mark. Usually, the problem with most films is they’re miscast. Not most films, but it can happen,’ Dominik said.

‘It’s the same problem with Blonde. You have to cast somebody that you buy as Marilyn Monroe. She’s amazing, that girl. You’ve got no idea, dude. You’ve got no idea how good Ana is. She’s as good as James Gandolfini,’ he declared.

Lead role: de Armas, shown in January 2020at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, was cast in late 2019 in the lead role of Blonde

Lead role: de Armas, shown in January 2020at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, was cast in late 2019 in the lead role of Blonde

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