A film based on one of the most iconic actresses of Hollywood is arriving soon! Blonde is a fictionalized take on the life of Marilyn Monroe. The biographical, psychological drama is based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates.
The trailer of Blonde was launched by Netflix in July; however, now it has been revealed that the film will also be released in theatres before its streaming debut. Read on to find out when the film comes out.
Blonde Release Date
The film will have its world premiere at the 79th Venice Film Festival on September 8, 2022. It will then have a limited theatrical release in New York on September 16 and in other states on September 23. Blonde will finally stream on Netflix from Wednesday, September 28.
The film has been rated NC-17 due to its graphic sexual content, becoming the first film with the rating to be released on a streaming service. Speaking about this development, writer and director Andrew Dominik said, “It’s a demanding movie. If the audience doesn’t like it, that’s the f*cking audience’s problem. It’s not running for public office.”
Ana de Armas, who steps into the shoes of Monroe for the film, also expressed her diappointment and said, “I don’t understand why it happened. I can cite a number of programs or movies that are much more explicit and with a lot more sexual content than Blonde. But to tell this story, it’s important to show all those moments in Marilyn’s life that brought her to the end she did. It needs to be explained.”
The Film is a Reimagination of Monroe’s Life Story
Blonde will surely explore the intricate details of Monroe’s personal and professional life. The narrative will have fiction elements incorporated as per the visions of Joyce Carol Oates and Andrew Dominik.
The official synopsis of the film reads, “Discover a life both known and unknown in this boldly imaginative film from Director Andrew Dominik that explores the complicated life of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.”
Ana de Armas Stars as the Hollywood Icon
The film will star Ana de Armas as Marlyn Monroe, Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller, Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio, Xavier Samuel as Charles Chaplin Jr., Julianne Nicholson as Gladys Pearl Baker, Caspar Phillipson as John F. Kennedy, Toby Huss as Allan “Whitey” Snyder and Sara Paxton as Miss Flynn.
Other cast members will include David Warshofsky as Darryl F. Zanuck, Evan Williams as Edward G. Robinson Jr., Michael Masini as Tony Curtis and Luke Whoriskey as James Dean.
Talking about her preparation for the role, Armas said in an interview, “We worked on this film for hours, every single day for almost a year. 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.”
She continued, “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.”
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