After criticism of the Cuban accent, the actor who co-produces with Netflix also takes the field. And he who knows that Brad doesn’t also arrive at the Lido to accompany the film
60 years after her death, Marilyn Monroe is back in discussion thanks to the long-awaited new film ‘Blonde’, which will be presented as a world premiere, in competition, at the Venice Film Festival at the beginning of September and will then arrive on Netflix on the 23rd. September. The heirs of Marilyn and the co-producer of the film Brad Pitt defend the choice of Ana de Armas as the protagonist of the biopic directed by Andrew Dominik and dedicated to the Hollywood icon, who died on August 4, 1962. After the publication of the final trailer of the film, the Last week, some Marilyn fans doubted Ana de Armas’ Cuban accent would stray her interpretation too far from the 50s and 60s diva’s distinctive tone of voice.
The film, produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Netflix, also stars Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel, Julianne Nicholson and Lily Fisher and is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ bestselling novel of the same name. As far as is known, ‘Blonde’ attempts to capture the torments of the iconic Hollywood diva, from Norma Jeane’s humble origins to the rise of the star.
Brad Pitt defended the interpretation of de Armas with the sword, calling it “phenomenal”. After pointing out that playing Marilyn is “really difficult”, Pitt recalled how the gestation of the project began in 2010: “The film was not made until we found Ana and we were able to cross the finish line. “said the actor-producer enthusiastically. In fact, it is known that director Dominik chose de Armas for the role of Marilyn after almost a decade of research, which seems to have also included artists of the caliber of Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain.
Mark Rosen, president of the firm that manages Monroe’s legacy, told Variety: “Marilyn Monroe is a singular icon of pop culture and Hollywood who transcends generations and history. Every actor who steps into that role knows to have a very difficult task. Based on the trailer alone, it looks like Ana was a great casting choice as it captures Marilyn’s charm, humanity and vulnerability. We can’t wait to see the film in its entirety. ! “
For her part, Ana de Armas, after being chosen in 2019, said: “I knew I could do it. Playing Marilyn was revolutionary, a Cuban who plays Marilyn Monroe. I wanted this role so badly. See her famous photo of her, with her smiling. But you know that smile is just a slice of what she was really experiencing at the time. “
The film’s official synopsis reads: “From unstable childhood as Norma Jeane, to her rise to stardom and romantic entanglements, Blonde blurs the lines between reality and fiction to explore the growing divide between her public and private self.” . And who knows that Brad Pitt will not arrive to accompany him to the Lido.
by Antonella Nesi