Marilyn Monroe is an iconic figure in Hollywood history, revered for her on-screen performances as well as her status as a style icon and celebrity tabloid fodder. In the 2022 film Blonde, starring Ana de Armas as Monroe, Marilyn returns to theatres (or at least streaming services).
In fact, Monroe has been the focus of numerous films before. The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes, a documentary about the actress, will be added to Netflix in 2022.
Two other fictional films have been made about Monroe before: Marilyn and Me, starring Susan Griffins as Monroe, and My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Monroe.
There’s more to the hype surrounding Blonde than the fact that it’s a biography of Marilyn Monroe or that de Armas is the latest actress to play Monroe. Let’s delve into it all right now, reviewing everything blondes need to know.
When will Blonde be available for purchase?
On September 28th, Blonde will debut on Netflix. However, there are a few mysteries around that. In order to qualify for the Academy Awards, Netflix’s Blonde would need a limited theatrical release (opens in new tab). While Netflix has made such pledges in the past for other films, it has yet to do so for Blonde.
The rating of the film could play a role in this, which further complicates matters. Below, we provide further explanation.
If nothing else is revealed until its premiere at the 2022 Venice Film Festival (which runs from August 31st to September 10th), we know that Blonde will have its world premiere that month.
Blonde Release Date Cast
IMDb provided the cast of the film. Check out the actors and the characters they play down below:
- Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe
- Adrien Brody as The Playwright
- Bobby Cannavale as The Ex-Athlete
- Julianne Nicholson as Gladys
- Caspar Phillipson as The President
- Sara Paxton as Miss Flynn
- Toby Huss as Whitey
- Rebecca Wisocky as Yvet
- Xavier Samuel as Cass
- David Warshofsky as Mr. Z
- Evan Williams as Eddy
- Catherine Dent as Jean
- Lily Fisher as Young Norma Jeane
- Michael Masini as Tony Curtis
- Luke Whoriskey as James Dean
There were several cast changes for the actress who plays Marilyn Monroe. Initially, Naomi Watts was cast, and then Jessica Chastain. In 2019, Ana de Armas was cast as Monroe, and her casting was final.
There is so many more talented actors part in this drama film that we did not list. You’re going to be pleasantly surprised to see some of your favorite actors take on their roles in this upcoming film.
According to Netflix, the official synopsis for Blonde says, “Based on the popular novel by Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde boldly reimagines the life of one of Hollywood’s most enduring idols, Marilyn Monroe.
Blonde blurs the borders between fact and fiction to explore the expanding chasm between Norma Jeane’s public and private personalities, beginning with her tumultuous beginnings as Norma Jeane and continuing through her celebrity and sexual entanglements.
The man behind Blonde said he’s trying something new with this movie. Andrew remarked on The Film Stage, “Blonde’s intriguing since it has a very little conversation in it.” I don’t think there’s a scene in Blonde that’s longer than two pages; in contrast, my last three films all heavily featured lengthy conversations.
This idea of making a movie with a deluge of visuals and action excites me much. Just a new approach. To accomplish this is something I haven’t done before. And she’s a woman who takes center stage. So far, women have had minor roles in my films, and now I’m trying to put myself in their shoes.
There are a massive 2 hours and 46 minutes invested in Blonde. It’s worth noting that Avengers: Endgame was only slightly longer, clocking in at 3 hours and 2 minutes.
The film has been given an NC-17 rating, which indicates that no one under the age of 17 is permitted to enter the theatre. There is even more explicit content in a film with an NC-17 rating than in one with an R rating. Andrew said he was taken aback by the movie’s MPAA rating.