Netflix released the first look at BlondNC-17 from writer and director Andrew Dominik tackles the story of Marilyn Monroe.
Starring Ana de Armas as Monroe and based on the fictional novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, the film is a reimagining of the enduring Hollywood icon’s professional and personal life.
Beginning with an unstable childhood as Norma Jeane, the fictional spin follows Monroe through her rise to stardom and in and out of her romantic entanglements. The film is an active blur between fact and fiction that explores a growing divide between Monroe’s public and private self.
Minute-long teaser plays haunting track from Monroe’s hit Diamonds are a girl’s best friend on scintillating shots of some of Monroe’s most iconic moments in the spotlight, as well as the overwhelming media attention and loneliness of being a star.
In an interview for Netflix Waiting linede Armas calls Dominik’s ambitions for the film “very clear from the start – presenting a version of Marilyn Monroe’s life through her lens”.
“He wanted the world to experience what it was like to be not only Marilyn, but also Norma Jeane,” she continued. “I found it to be the most daring, unapologetic and feminist version of her story that I had ever seen.”
As for the writer-director, it’s an examination of a “deeply traumatized” person, leading to a split between their public self and their private self, which for “a famous person often plays out publicly, d in a way that can cause additional trauma. .” As a result, “the film is very much concerned with the relationship with herself and with this other personality, Marilyn, who is both her armor and the thing that threatens to consume her”.
De Armas said that for the 47-day shoot that required several hours in the hair and makeup chair, she not only read Joyce’s novel, but studied hundreds of photographs, videos, audio recordings and movies. The result is a film that is “neither linear nor conventional; it’s meant to be a sensory and emotional experience.
She adds: “There are times when we are inside her body and her mind, and that will give the audience the opportunity to experience what it was like to be Norma and Marilyn at the same time. “
The director also says the film exceeds its NC-17 rating. “I feel like I get into these situations where people see me as provocative, but that’s never what I try to do,” he explained. “I’m just trying to say it as clearly as possible. My ambition is to make you fall in love with Marilyn.
The film isn’t the first NC-17 title to stream on Netflix, but is among the first streamer-produced titles to earn the rare Motion Picture Association rating.
The cast also stars Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Evan Williams, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel, Scoot McNairy, Garret Dillahunt and Lucy Devito. Blond is produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Tracey Landon and Scott Robertson, with Christina Oh serving as executive producer. The film drops on Netflix on September 23.