Netflix revealed the first trailer for Blonde starring Ana de Armas. The film is adapted from Joyce Carol Oates’s historical fiction novel Blonde (2000), the film is based on the life of actress Marilyn Monroe. Blonde is directed by Andrew Dominik, the biopic “Blonde” already made history as the first NC-17 Netflix original movie, despite Dominik being “surprised” by the rating. watch the trailer below.
Netflix’s Blonde synopsis follows, “[The film] boldly reimagines the life of one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons, Marilyn Monroe. 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.”
Blonde stars Ana de Armas as Norma Jeane Mortensen / Marilyn Monroe, Lily Fisher as young Norma Jeane Mortensen, Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller, Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio, Julianne Nicholson as Gladys Pearl Baker, Caspar Phillipson as John F. Kennedy, Toby Huss as Allan “Whitey” Snyder, Sara Paxton as Miss Flynn, David Warshofsky as Darryl F. Zanuck, Evan, Williams as Edward G. Robinson Jr., Xavier Samuel as Charles Chaplin Jr., Garret Dillahunt, Scoot McNairy, and Lucy DeVito.
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“Andrew’s ambitions were very clear from the start — to present a version of Marilyn Monroe’s life through her lens,” de Armas told Queue. “He wanted the world to experience what it actually felt like to not only be Marilyn, but also Norma Jeane. I found that to be the most daring, unapologetic, and feminist take on her story that I had ever seen.”
According to Queue, re-creating Monroe’s signature look required de Armas to spend nearly three hours in hair and makeup each morning. Still, physical resemblance isn’t the only way Blonde pays tribute to the late star. Fans will certainly catch some Marilyn Monroe Easter eggs peppered throughout the film’s new teaser, which you can watch below. The song playing in the background, for example, is “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” which Monroe sings in 1953 hit Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and there’s even a shot of the famous Seven Year Itch white dress.
Blonde was previously slated for premiere in Cannes 2021, but due to additional edits, Netflix balked at the premiere. The streamer passed on 2022 Cannes and Dominik said he was eying the Venice International Film Festival.
Blonde will premiere on Netflix on Sept. 23.