See Ana de Armas As Marilyn Monroe in First “Blonde” Trailer

The first teaser trailer for writer/director Andrew Dominik’s Blonde has arrived, revealing Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe. Dominik’s film is based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates and will look at the life of Norma Jeane (Monroe’s birth name), beginning with her difficult childhood and tracking her rise to becoming a global phenomenon whose stardom inevitably cost her everything. It’s safe to say this is one of Netflix’s most eagerly-anticipated films.

The teaser shows just how seriously Ana de Armas took on the task of becoming Monroe, as well as revealing recreations of some of the most iconic Monroe moments. (Yes, the indelible sequence from Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch, when Monroe stands over the subway grate and has her white dress blown upwards by a train passing underneath, is featured.)  The song you’ll hear in the trailer comes from one of her biggest hits, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, and the moody minute-long look paints a quickly vivid portrait of the loneliness lurking at the heart of Monroe’s celebrity. Her forced laugh at her own reflection in the mirror at the teaser’s end tells the tale.

Yet Blonde will not hew to just the brute facts of Monroe’s life. Like Oates’s book, the film will blur the lines between fact and fiction, exploring the rift that grew between Monroe the actual person and Monroe the mega-celebrity.

“He wanted the world to experience what it actually felt like to not only be Marilyn, but also Norma Jeane,” de Armas said in an interview with Netflix’s Queue. “I found that to be the most daring, unapologetic, and feminist take on her story that I had ever seen.”

Check out the teaser below. Blonde arrives on September 23.

Here’s the synopsis for Blonde:

Based on the bestselling novel by Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde boldly reimagines the life of Marilyn Monroe, exploring the split between her public and private selves. From her volatile childhood as Norma Jeane, through her rise to stardom and romantic entanglements, Blonde blurs the lines of fact and fiction to explore the widening split between her public and private selves. Written and directed by Andrew Dominik, the film boasts a cast led by Ana de Armas and featuring Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel, and Evan Williams.

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