According to Film Ratings, Netflix’s upcoming Marilyn Monroe film titled Blonde has officially been given an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America for “some sexual content.” The film will be led by Golden Globe nominee Ana de Armas as she takes on the role of the pop culture icon. It is expected to make its debut sometime later this year.
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Described as a fictional take on the life story of Marilyn Monroe, Blonde is written and directed by Andrew Dominik, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel of the same name. The project has been in development since 2012, with Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain previously attached for the leading role.
Further details about its plot and characters are still being kept under wraps. Joining de Armas are Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Caspar Phillipson, Toby Hus, and more.
“One of America’s most acclaimed novelists boldly re-imagines one of America’s most enduring icons in Blonde—the National Book Award-nominated bestseller by Joyce Carol Oates,” reads the book synopsis. “The legend of Marilyn Monroe—aka Norma Jeane Baker—comes provocatively alive in this powerful tale of Hollywood myth and heartbreaking reality. Marilyn Monroe lives—reborn to tell her untold history; her story of a star created to shine brightest in the Hollywood firmament before her fall to earth. Blonde is a dazzling fictional portrait of the intricate inner life of the idolized and desired movie star as only the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates could paint it.
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The film is produced by Plan B Entertainment, with Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Tracey Landon and Scott Robertson serving as producers.