Ana de Armas

What a week it’s been for Marilyn Monroe. On Thursday, Netflix released the trailer for Blonde, the highly anticipated NC-17-rated Marilyn Monroe flick starring Ana de Armas.  Based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde reimagines the life and times of Monroe from her origin as Norma Jeane Baker to her ascent to Hollywood stardom. It’s directed by The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’s Andrew Dominik and also stars  Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams. I read Joyce’s novel, studied hundreds of photographs, videos, audio recordings, films — anything I could get my hands on,” de Armas shared in an interview with Netflix’s Queue. “Every scene is inspired by an existing photograph. We’d pore over every detail in the photo and debate what was happening in it. The first question was always, ‘What was Norma Jeane feeling here?’ We wanted to tell the human side of her story. Fame is what made Marilyn the most visible person in the world, but it also made Norma the most invisible.