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Ana de Armas is Marilyn Monroe in "Blonde", the movie that premieres on Netflix in September. Photo: YouTube.
Ana de Armas is Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde,' a movie that premieres on Netflix in September. Photo: YouTube.

This is how Ana de Armas looks as Marilyn Monroe

Netflix recently released the trailer for 'Blonde,' the Marilyn Monroe biopic starring Ana de Armas.

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The preview of Netflix's Blonde reveals the transformation of the Hispanic-Cuban actress Ana de Armas, who will play one of the most emblematic stars of Hollywood: Norma Jeane Mortenson, better known in the entertainment industry as Marilyn Monroe.

The production is inspired by an adaptation of the well-known novel by American author Joyce Carol Oates about Marilyn Monroe. The bestseller, published in 2020, is a fictionalized biography of Norma Jeane's career.

The fictional drama will try to reveal the mysteries that enveloped Monroe throughout her artistic career — her sorrows, her concerns, and her frustrations. 

“I have played Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn. I can't face doing another Marilyn Monroe scene. Marilyn does not exist. When I walk out of my dressing room I am Norma Jean. I'm still her even though she's surrounded by cameras,” de Armas says in the trailer. This confession may give an idea of ​​the dread Monroe felt at having to get used to the glamor of Hollywood.

The men who have accompanied her in different stages of her life, also appear in the film. Among them are the Ex-Athlete (played by Bobby Cannavale) and the Playwright (played Adrien Brody).

“She’s deeply traumatized, and that trauma necessitates a split between a public self and a private self, which is the story of everyone, but with a famous person, that often plays out publicly, in ways that may cause additional trauma,” said Andrew Dominik, director and screenwriter of Blonde, in conversation with Netflix's Tudum.

In addition to de Armas, the cast of the film is made up of Brody, Cannavale, Xavier Samuel, Julianne Nicholson, Lily Fisher, Evan Williams, Toby Huss, David Warshofsky, Caspar Phillipson, Dan Butler, Sara Paxton, Rebecca Wisocky Xavier Samuel, Evan Williams. David Warshofsky, Jr. Xavier Samuel, Garret Dillahun, Scoot McNairy, Lucy DeVito, Michael Masini, Spencer Garrett, Chris Lemmon, and Ned Bellamy.

Despite the addition of other characters, the film intends to focus exclusively on Marilyn and the public's perception of her, Dominik explained to Variety.

“The other characters don’t understand her behavior because they’re not inside her like we are. The primary relationship of the film is between her and the viewer – not her and the other characters – we are the only ones who understand her,” Dominik said. 

The first screening of the film will take place at the Venice Film Festival. This renowned international event will be held in Italy from Aug. 31 to Sept. 10.

Following its screening in Venice, Blonde will officially premiere on Netflix on Sept. 28.

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