The fact that the hardest working woman in show business has been dead for 60 years speaks volumes about our culture. And since our culture can’t read real good, Marilyn Monroe has about as much chance of resting in peace as Ana de Armas does of wiping Deep Water and all that led up to it from our collective memories. Even if Blonde, for which we now have a feature-length trailer, skyrockets her to stardom, there’s always going to be a faint snail trail left behind.
Blonde won’t hit Netflix until September 23 but that doesn’t mean we can’t spend the next two months cowering in anticipation of seeing every single one of Ana’s teeth in excruciating, NC-17-rated detail. Blonde is based on the book of the same title by the undisputed Queen of Literary Shit Takes, Joyce Carol Oates, is directed by Andrew Dominik and co-stars Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio, Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller and Caspar Phillipson as John F. Kennedy, presumably a second choice after Pete Davidson turned down the role out of loyalty to HIS Marilyn. Before going to Netflix, Blonde will premiere at next month’s Venice Film Festival. via Variety:
The subversive movie is one of the most anticipated titles set to compete at the Venice Film Festival. Cannes Film Festival’s chief Thierry Fremaux previously said he had been trying to slot it into the 2022 lineup but wasn’t able to reach a compromise with Netflix. The streamer hasn’t returned to Cannes since 2017 due to the festival’s rule that all films competing must have a theatrical release in France.
Described by Oates as a feminist film, “Blonde” aims to strike a chord among contemporary audiences. “The way Kennedy treated Marilyn Monroe was not, and is still not as different from the way many powerful men, especially in Washington DC, treat all women except their wives,” Oates told Vanity Fair France.
Here are stills that were released earlier this week:
And here’s the trailer in which Ana, as advertised, undeniably portrays Marilyn as a blonde.
Tag yourself! I’m Ana’s dentures when they tried to pop out and the director said “KEEP ROLLING YOU’RE DOING AMAZING, SWEETIE!”