Netflix should soon release the biopic “Blonde” on Marilyn Monroe with Ana de Armas in the leading role. Postponed to 2022, the film would have shocked the platform because of its sex scenes and a new cut would be requested from director Andrew Dominik.
Ana de Armas as Marylin for Blonde
After notably Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn, It is Anna of Arms who will have the heavy task of embodying Marilyn Monroe on the screen. The iconic actress will indeed be the subject of a biopic directed by Andrew Dominik (Cogan). Title Blonde, the film is adapted from the fictional biography of Joyce Carol Oates and is scheduled for Netflix. On paper, we tell ourselves that the platform is a very good project. Ana de Armas also seems perfect for this role, she who has already turned the head of Keanu Reeves in Knock Knock (2015) and Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049 (2017), and will soon be alongside Daniel Craig in To die can wait (October 6, 2021).
However, it seems to get complicated for Blonde. The film counts breaking the image of Marilyn and not be a classic biopic. Thus, Andrew Dominik would have proposed a film a little too shocking. At least to Netflix’s taste.
Netflix shocked by the sex scenes?
The major problem for the platform would be the presence in the film of too raw sex scenes and graphics. What to leave perplexed when we see the presence on Netflix of programs soft porn like 365 Days Where Sex/Life. This information comes from Jordan Ruimy, but stay to take with a grain of salt.
Indeed, nothing has yet been confirmed by Netflix in this regard. Variety had announced on his side only the postponement of the film. While we could expect it in festivals like Toronto or Venice (Thierry Fremaux, director of the Cannes festival would have seen the film), it will not be for now. Blonde souldn’t not go out until 2022, which inevitably removes him from the Oscars for this year.
Precisely, the platform would have the ambition to make film a serious Oscar contender. But the first cut proposed by Andrew Dominik would not go enough in this direction. The director had already specified that his film contained “very few dialogues“. But Jordan Ruimy insists that besides”a rape scene and very bloody cunnilingus during menstruation“(which remains to be confirmed), Blonde would be viewed by Netflix as”a vague and obtuse art house film“.
The platform would therefore have asked it’s up to the director to review his copy. If this is confirmed, and Andrew Dominik does indeed have to rework his film, it could tarnish Netflix’s reputation. The streaming giant has always claimed to give total freedom for its employees. A case that promises to be complicated and to be followed closely in the coming weeks …