Here is everything we know so far about Netflix’s first adult-only film, starring Ana De Armas.
It’s biopic SZN in the film industry currently: From Pam & Tommy’s recent release to the teasers of the forthcoming Madonna feature, film stars are constantly undergoing transformations to portray some of pop cultures most adored figures. Throwing their hat into the ring, Netflix are finishing up their very own biopic, Blonde. Starring James Bond’s Ana De Armas the film will follow the reimagined life of Marilyn Monroe — creating Netflix’s first ever adult-only movie in the process.
Rumoured to be full of controversial topics and graphic sex scenes, the semi-fantastical biopic has already caused quite the stir amongst early viewers — who granted the film an 18 rating. But other than its x-rated content, the plot of Blonde remains unknown. With no official trailer or first-look imagery available just yet, we thought it best to round-up everything we do know so far about the film which has been over a decade in the making…
It’s an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ book, Blonde
If it wasn’t apparent from its title, the film will be a titular adaptation of Oates’ fictionalised historical novel. Blonde delves into the real life figures of the icon’s life under the guise of pseudonyms, covering her marriages, affairs, and the widespread theory of her suspected murder. However, the book itself is considered a reimagining of Marilyn Monroe’s life, as opposed to a retelling. As such, Blonde proves itself to be no ordinary biopic — and is expected to be laced with added creativity and fantasy, making it a stand-out figure amongst other Marilyn-inspired features.
It will feature a star-studded cast…
Though Jessica Chastain was originally set to play the lead before the filming was postponed, Ana De Armas came fitted with the peroxide pin-curled wig. Starring alongside her, Blonde will feature Bobby Canavale and Adrien Brody — who will play the Hollywood sweetheart’s second and third husbands. Taking the role of Marilyn’s mother, Mare of Easttown’s Julianna Nicholson will also appear.
… And a powerhouse production crew
Having originally scored the concept in 2010, Blonde is brought to life at the hands of writer and director Andrew Dominik, who drafted in the likes of Brad Pitt to co-produce the picture. 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are also working on the project — which is said to be available to stream by the end of 2022.