Blonde: First Look at Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s Adult Biopic | Ents & Arts News

Netflix has released the official trailer for Blonde, showing a transformed Ana de Armas – who went from dark brunette to platinum blonde – as the lead role of Marilyn Monroe.

The two-minute video – which is largely in black and white – shows the Cuban-born actress with Monroe’s trademark platinum curls, as she prepares for a movie premiere before posing for the paparazzi.

The film is rated NC-17 – the highest rating for a motion picture, which means the film contains strong or explicit adult content and is not suitable for persons aged 17 or under. The UK equivalent is an 18 certificate.

Adrian Brody (left) also plays playwright Arthur Miller. Picture: Netflix

Written and directed by Australian director and screenwriter Andrew Dominik, Blonde will premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

Set on Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, the film blends fact and fiction to reimagine the star’s seemingly glamorous life.

In the trailer, we hear de Armas say in voiceover, “I can’t do another scene with Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn does not exist.

“When I leave my dressing room, I am Norma Jeane. I’m always her when the camera is rolling. Marilyn Monroe only exists on screen.”

We also see a recreation of the now iconic moment in the 1955 feature film The Seven Year Itch in which Monroe’s white dress billows as she stands above a subway grate.

A scene from Monroe's 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  Picture: Netflix
A scene from Monroe’s 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Picture: Netflix

The trailer ends with the words “Watched by all, seen by none”.

The highly anticipated film is based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates.

Exploring the divide between her public and private life, it follows the singer and actress from her volatile childhood as Norma Jeane Mortenson to her international stardom and high-profile romances.

The biopic also stars Adrien Brody as playwright and husband Arthur Miller, as well as Bobby Cannavale, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams.

Monroe, thrice married, died in August 1962, aged just 36, of a suspected drug overdose.

De Armas, 34, recently appeared as Paloma in the Bond film No Time To Die, as well as Deep Water opposite Ben Affleck and another Netflix offering, The Gray Man.

Blonde premieres on Netflix on September 28, after premiering at the Venice Film Festival, where it will compete for a Golden Lion.

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