Netflix on Thursday shared the official trailer for Andrew Dominik's Blonde, an upcoming drama film starring Ana de Armas in the role of Marilyn Monroe.
Blonde, which is rated NC-17, is based on Joyce Carol Oates' bestselling novel of the same moniker. Blurring the line between fact and fiction, the film reimagines Marilyn Monroe's life, exploring both her public and private lives, as well as her childhood, her rise to fame and her various relationships.
“I’ve played Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Monroe,” de Armas says in the trailer, which cuts between various scenes of the Hollywood icon, born Norma Jean, grappling with her fame. “I can’t face doing another scene with Marilyn Monroe.”
“Marilyn doesn’t exist,” de Armas adds. “When I come out of my dressing room, I’m Norma Jeane. I’m still here when the camera is rolling. Marilyn Monroe only exists on the screen.”
Aside from de Armas, the film stars Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel, Evan Williams, Lily Fisher, Toby Huss, David Warshofsky, Caspar Phillipson, Dan Butler, Sara Paxton and Rebecca Wisocky.
“We worked on this film for hours, every single day for almost a year,” de Armas previously told Netflix Queue of the film. “I read Joyce’s novel, studied hundreds of photographs, videos, audio recordings, films — anything I could get my hands on. Every scene is inspired by an existing photograph. We’d pore over every detail in the photo and debate what was happening in it. The first question was always, ‘What was Norma Jeane feeling here?’ We wanted to tell the human side of her story. Fame is what made Marilyn the most visible person in the world, but it also made Norma the most invisible.”
Blonde will globally premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival next month, before landing on Netflix on September 28. Watch the trailer above.
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