Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde shares first teaser: Ana de Armas is seen sobbing then laughing


The first teaser for the Netflix film Blonde about Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe was shared on Thursday morning.

Cuban actress Ana de Armas is seen sobbing as the blonde bombshell who says she does not want to be abandoned before her male makeup artist tells her that her friend will be coming ‘soon’ to help her.

Ana is seen in the pink dress that she wore for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes when she sang Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend and also in the white dress over a street vent for her film The Seven Year Itch.

The star, who used to date Oscar-winning actor and director Ben Affleck, was stunning as the Hollywood legend who died under mysterious circumstances in 1962.

There she is: The first teaser for the Netflix film Blonde about Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe was shared on Thursday morning. Cuban actress Ana de Armas is seen in the title role

The real deal: Monroe on patio outside of her home in May 1953; she was found dead under mysterious circumstances in 1962

The real deal: Monroe on patio outside of her home in May 1953; she was found dead under mysterious circumstances in 1962

The Blonde clip has a haunting feel that suggests Monroe was vulnerable yet caught up in her own movie star image.

When the star is told that her friend is almost there, Marilyn goes from weeping to smiling as she looks in a mirror at her own superstar appearance, and then laughing, which hints at her erratically changing moods.

Her sudden mood swing is alarming but her big smile and laugh is intoxicating just like it is in her famous movies. 

The movie goddess is also seen being mobbed by fans and the press as the police help the distressed celebrity through a crowd. Over the clip, Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend is sung in a slow, moody voice.

The movie is based on a 2000 book by Joyce Carol Oates and is directed by Andrew Dominik.

Blonde is scheduled for release in September on Netflix and will be the streaming service’s first original film to garner an NC-17 rating. 

There has been controversy over Netflix sharing a film with a NC-17 rating but the director blew off the uproar in February: ‘It’s an NC-17 movie about Marilyn Monroe, it’s kind of what you want, right? I want to go and see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story.’

Not a stable woman: In the teaser, Ana's Marilyn is seen as heavily morose in a glam room with a male makeup artist

Not a stable woman: In the teaser, Ana’s Marilyn is seen as heavily morose in a glam room with a male makeup artist

Perking up all of a sudden: After sobbing, she looks at herself in the mirror then stops crying

 Perking up all of a sudden: After sobbing, she looks at herself in the mirror then stops crying

She likes what she sees: After checking herself out, she begins to laugh a she holds her hands to her chest

She likes what she sees: After checking herself out, she begins to laugh a she holds her hands to her chest

So much joy all of a sudden: Her sudden mood swing is alarming but her big smile and laugh is intoxicating

So much joy all of a sudden: Her sudden mood swing is alarming but her big smile and laugh is intoxicating

Ana shared the trailer on Instagram with the caption, ‘BLONDE. What a beautiful dream!

‘Andrew’s ambitions were very clear from the start — to present a version of Marilyn Monroe’s life through her lens. 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.’

The official Blonde synopsis from Netflix reads: ‘[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.’

The NC-17 rated biopic has ‘something in it to offend everyone’ said the film’s Australian director Dominik said in May.

So close: Ana does look similar to the actress; here she is seen during a fitting with a female costume designer

So close: Ana does look similar to the actress; here she is seen during a fitting with a female costume designer

Hollywood icon: Monroe is shown in March 1962 at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills; she would die in August of the same year

Hollywood icon: Monroe is shown in March 1962 at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills; she would die in August of the same year

The 54-year-old New Zealand native in an interview with Vulture in May said he was surprised the upcoming Netflix film received the NC-17 rating, which does not allow anyone under 18 to watch in theaters in any circumstance. 

‘On the one hand, I think if I’m given the choice, I’d rather go and see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story,’ he shared.

‘Because we know that her life was on the edge, clearly, from the way it ended. Do you want to see the warts-and-all version or do you want to see that sanitized version?’ Dominik said.

Not easy dealing with fame: Here Ana is seen as Marilyn being rushed by the fans and press

Not easy dealing with fame: Here Ana is seen as Marilyn being rushed by the fans and press

Not all glamour for this icon: Monroe struggles as her hair falls in her face and she looks down while police try to get her through the loud crowd

Not all glamour for this icon: Monroe struggles as her hair falls in her face and she looks down while police try to get her through the loud crowd

Glory: And she smiles as she shoots a promotional campaign for The Seven Year Itch

She did it with charm: Here the real Monroe was seen in the press moment in 1954

Glory: And she smiles as she shoots a promotional campaign for The Seven Year Itch

Her undies were seen: Just like in real life, Monroe's undies were shown as her dress fluttered over the subway grate

Her undies were seen: Just like in real life, Monroe’s undies were shown as her dress fluttered over the subway grate

The film that made her a superstar: Singing her hit Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend in the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

On film: Here Monroe is seen in the film from 1953

The film that made her a superstar: Singing her hit Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend in the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Blonde has been a longtime project for Dominik with shooting first scheduled to start way back in January 2011.

Dominik said it was an ‘interesting time’ for Blonde to be released.

‘If it had come out a few years ago, it would have come out right when Me Too hit and it would have been an expression of all that stuff. We’re in a time now, I think, where people are really uncertain about where any lines are,’ he said.

‘It’s a film that definitely has a morality about it. But it swims in very ambiguous waters because I don’t think it will be as cut-and-dried as people want to see it. There’s something in it to offend everyone,’ Dominik added.

Longtime project: Blonde, based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates about Marilyn Monroe (shown in a 1953 promo for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), has been a longtime project for Dominik with shooting first scheduled to start way back in January 2011

Longtime project: Blonde, based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates about Marilyn Monroe (shown in a 1953 promo for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), has been a longtime project for Dominik with shooting first scheduled to start way back in January 2011

A big life: Also in the teaser, Ana is seen in a white gown and fur as she is helped out of a car

A big life: Also in the teaser, Ana is seen in a white gown and fur as she is helped out of a car

Jessica Chastain, 45, was in talks in 2014 to play Monroe. Armas, 34, in late 2019 was cast in the lead role.

The supporting cast includes Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams. 

Dominik gushed about the actress while responding to a question about his casting of Australian actor and comedian Eric Bana, 53, to portray notorious Australian criminal Mark ‘Chopper’ Read in his 2000 biopic Chopper.

‘He could do Mark. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen Mark ‘Chopper’ Read, the real guy? It’s unbelievable how close Eric is to that guy. His own father thought that in some parts of Chopper, it was actually Mark. Usually, the problem with most films is they’re miscast. Not most films, but it can happen,’ Dominik said.

‘It’s the same problem with Blonde. You have to cast somebody that you buy as Marilyn Monroe. She’s amazing, that girl. You’ve got no idea, dude. You’ve got no idea how good Ana is. She’s as good as James Gandolfini,’ he declared.

Lead role: de Armas, shown in January 2020at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, was cast in late 2019 in the lead role of Blonde

Lead role: de Armas, shown in January 2020at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, was cast in late 2019 in the lead role of Blonde



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