Andrew Dominik wrote and will direct the upcoming biographical drama film Blonde, which will be released in the United States. The movie is based on the life of actress Marilyn Monroe and was made from Joyce Carol Oates’s novel Blonde (2000). Ana de Armas plays Monroe.
Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, and Julianne Nicholson all play supporting roles. The film is being made by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Tracey Landon, Brad Pitt, and Scott Robertson. After a long time of planning that began in 2010, filming began in August 2019 in Los Angeles. After the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, work was done in July 2021.
Premise of Blonde Movie
The movie is based on a made-up story about the life of Marilyn Monroe.
Cast of Blonde Movie
Ana de Armas as Norma Jeane Mortensen / Marilyn Monroe
Lily Fisher when she was a Norma Jeane Mortensen
Arthur Miller, played by Adrien Brody
Joe DiMaggio is played by Bobby Cannavale
Gladys Pearl Baker was played by Julianne Nicholson.
John F. Kennedy was played by Caspar Phillipson.
Allan “Whitey” Snyder is played by Toby Huss.
Miss Flynn, played by Sara Paxton
Darryl F. Zanuck is played by David Warshofsky.
Evan Williams plays Edward G. Robinson Jr.
Xavier Samuel as a younger Charles Chaplin.
Scoot McNairy was a politician.
Lucy DeVito is an actress.
Tony Curtis is played by Michael Masini
Spencer Garrett as the President’s sex partner
Chris Lemmon was an actor.
Yvet, played by Rebecca Wisocky
Doc Fell as Ned Bellamy
Production of Blonde Movie
Making plans and writing
Andrew Dominik was the film’s director and screenwriter. He started working on the project, which was based on Joyce Carol Oates’s novel Blonde (2000), in 2010. Dominik talked about how much he liked Marilyn Monroe and asked, “Why is she the most famous woman of the 20th century?” For men, she’s an object of sexual desire who needs to be saved right away.
For women, she represents all the wrongs that have been done to them. She is a sister, a Cinderella, who has been sent to live in the ashes. I want to tell Norma Jean’s story as if she were the main character in a fairy tale. She is an orphan child who gets lost in the woods of Hollywood and is eaten by that great icon of the 20th century. Dominik said that this movie was “easier to understand” than his other works. He also said that his script had “very little dialogue” because he wanted it to be more of a “avalanche of images and events.” In addition, Dominik said
Pre-production of Blonde Movie
In May 2010, it was announced that Naomi Watts would play Monroe in the movie and that principal filming would start in January 2011. At the time, the movie was estimated to cost $20 million. The main filming didn’t start, and Dominik later said he hoped it would be his next movie, with filming starting in 2013.
During this time, Dominik directed the 2012 crime drama Killing Them Softly, which starred Brad Pitt and later caught his attention. In June 2012, it was announced that the movie would be made by Plan B Entertainment, with Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner as producers. However, Watts’ involvement was uncertain, as a report said, “it’s likely that the filmmakers would go in a different direction.” In April 2014, it was said that Jessica Chastain would play Monroe instead of Naomi Watts.
Chastain and Pitt were both in Terrence Malick’s drama The Tree of Life (2011), which was a big part of how she got the part. The report also said that Dominik planned to start filming the main parts of the movie in August of that year.
Casting of Blonde Movie
In March 2019, it was reported that Chastain’s role in the movie would be taken over by Ana de Armas.
Dominik liked how de Armas acted in Knock Knock, and even though she had to go through a long casting process, he got her the part after the first audition. [ De Armas worked with a language coach for a year to get ready. De Armas talked about how she got the part. “I only had to audition once for Marilyn, and Andrew said, ‘It’s you,’ but I had to audition for everyone else,” she said. They made it. The people with money. I always had to get people to agree with me. I knew I could do it, though. Playing Marilyn was a big step forward.
A Cuban dressed up as Marilyn Monroe. I really wanted it. When you look at that famous picture of her, she’s smiling, but that’s only a small part of what she was going through at the time. De Armas thought her relationship with Dominik was the most collaborative of her career. She said, “Yes, I have had collaborative relationships, but to get phone calls at midnight because he has an idea and can’t sleep and all of a sudden you can’t sleep for the same reason.”
Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, and Julianne Nicholson were added to the cast in August 2019. In September 2019, Garret Dillahunt, Scoot McNairy, Lucy DeVito, Michael Masini, Spencer Garrett, Chris Lemmon, Rebecca Wisocky, Ned Bellamy, and Dan Butler also joined.
Filming of Blonde Movie
In August 2019, the main filming began in Los Angeles. In April 2022, Dominik confirmed that filming was done in July 2021, after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down production in 2020, and that post-production was also done.
Release of Blonde Movie
In August 2016, it was said that Netflix would be the one to sell the movie. In June 2021, Thierry Frémaux said that he had asked Netflix to show the first screening of Blonde at the Cannes Film Festival, but Netflix said no because the film could only be shown out of competition. In an interview in 2022, Dominik said that the movie will still have an NC-17 rating and that he hoped it would be shown for the first time at that year’s Cannes Film Festival. He also praised de Armas’ performance.
Even though the film wasn’t chosen to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022, Dominik later said he hoped it would be shown at the Venice Film Festival in 2022.  In June 2022, it was said that the film could have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
Joyce Carol Oates, who wrote the book that the movie is based on, saw a rough cut of the movie and said in public, “I have seen the rough cut of Andrew Dominick’s adaptation and it is shocking, brilliant, very disturbing, and perhaps most surprisingly, an entirely “feminist” interpretation… I’m not sure that any male director has ever done anything like this.”
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who co-starred with de Armas in Knives Out and whose father, actor Tony Curtis, co-starred with Monroe in Some Like it Hot and is portrayed in the movie, was impressed with de Armas’ performance: “I fell to the ground. I didn’t think it was true. Ana was gone for good. Marilyn Monroe.