Marilyn Monroe’s estate will benefit actress Ana de Armas, who drew criticism online for her accent in the trailer for Netflix biopic Blonde.
Two of the heads of the entertainment company that oversees Monroe’s estate said in statements Tuesday that they support the decision to cast de Armas in the film, an NC-17 psychodrama set for release in September.
“It’s exciting to see all the different portrayals of her by celebrities and actors from Kim Kardashian to Michelle Williams and now Ana De Armas,” said Nick Woodhouse, President and Chief Marketing Officer, Authentic Brands Group.
“There are no rules as to how an artist can honor her legacy. We welcome new interpretations of Marilyn that pay homage to her iconic stardom, beauty and humanity, and bring her into relevant cultural conversations.”
Kardashian wore Monroe’s famous “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress to the Met Gala in May. Williams played Monroe in the 2011 film My Week with Marilyn and received an Oscar nomination for her performance.
Marc Rosen, President of Entertainment, Authentic Brand Groups, said, “Marilyn Monroe is a unique Hollywood and pop culture icon that transcends generations and history. Any actor who takes on this role knows they have big shoes to fill.
“From the trailer alone, it looks like Ana was a great casting choice as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity and vulnerability,” added Rosen.
The statements from the estate were first reported by Variety.
The ‘Blonde’ trailer was released last week and drew equal praise and criticism online – including from some social media users, who said de Armas, 34, doesn’t look like the legendary ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ and ‘The Seven” sounds year itch.”
Blonde was adapted from a fictional novel of the same title by author Joyce Carol Oates. The film was shot mostly in black and white and directed by Andrew Dominik, who directed violent crime dramas Chopper and Killing Them Softly.
De Armas, who has acted in the films Knives Out and No Time to Die, said she spent nearly a year working on her accent for Blonde. she said the Times of London that “it took me nine months of dialect coaching and practice and some ADRs [re-recording].
“It was great torture, so exhausting,” she added.
https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/movies/marilyn-monroe-estate-defends-ana-de-armas-casting-netflix-biopic-blon-rcna41186 Marilyn Monroe Estate Defends Ana de Armas Casting in Netflix Biopic Blonde