Blonde: the first trailer for Marilyn Monroe’s “disturbing” biopic is out | Marilyn Monroe

The first trailer has been released for Blonde, the controversial Netflix biopic about Marilyn Monroe.

Directed by Andrew Dominik, best known for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, the film stars Ana de Armas as the tragic star and is based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

“There’s something in it to offend everyone,” Dominik said of the film, which earned a rare NC-17 rating, given to films with very graphic content, with previous examples such as Showgirls and A Serbian Movie. . “If the audience doesn’t like it, that’s the fucking audience problem. It’s not about running for public office.

New Zealand-born Dominik, whose films also include Chopper and Nick Cave’s recent documentary This Much I Know to Be True, expressed surprise at the rating. “It’s not like depictions of happy sexuality,” he said in May. “These are descriptions of ambiguous situations. And Americans are really weird when it comes to sexual behavior, don’t you think? I do not know why. They do more porn than anyone else in the world.

Dominik called it the story of “how childhood trauma shapes an adult who is split between a public self and a private self”.

When sharing her thoughts on a rough cut of the film, which would include a rape scene, Oates tweeted that it was “surprising, brilliant, very unsettling and perhaps most surprisingly a totally ‘feminist’ interpretation”.

Dominik pointed out that, like Oates’ novel, the film is a work of fiction but “wonders why she killed herself, so naturally it’s going to be disturbing” while comparing it to Citizen Kane and Raging Bull.

The role was originally set to be played by Naomi Watts when the project began development in 2010 before Jessica Chastain took over and then de Armas was eventually cast. De Armas, whose other films include Knives Out and No Time to Die, called it “the most intense work” she has ever done. The Cuban actor spoke of the difficulty of perfecting the accent with more than nine months of dialect coaching. “I won’t let anyone or anything tell me that I can’t dream of playing Marilyn Monroe,” she said.

The film also stars Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller, Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio, and Julianne Nicholson as Gladys Pearl Baker.

Blonde is said to be on the lineup for the Venice Film Festival in August, a tried and tested launch pad for many top Oscar hopefuls. It will be released on Netflix on September 23.

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