Netflix today announced that principal photography has started in Los Angeles for Blonde, the feature adaptation directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). Dominik also wrote the script for the film, which is based on the acclaimed novel by five-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Joyce Carol Oates.
Blonde is the boldly reimagined private story of the world’s most famous sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe. The film is a fictional portrait of the model, actress and singer during the ’50s and ’60s, told through the modern lens of celebrity culture.
The cast includes Ana de Armas (Blade Runner, Knives Out), Adrien Brody (The Pianist, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Bobby Cannavale (Jumanji, The Irishman), Julianne Nicholson (Monos, I, Tonya), Lily Fisher (General Hospital), Evan Williams (Versailles, Awkward), Xavier Samuel (Love & Friendship, Adore), Caspar Phillipson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Jackie), Toby Huss (Dickinson, Halloween), Sara Paxton (Good Girls, The Front Runner), and David Warshofksy (Lincoln, There Will be Blood).
The producers are Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner for Plan B, Tracey Landon, and Scott Robertson.
The book is officially described as follows: “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. 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.”