The film is based on the bestselling novel by Joyce Carol Oates and, as per Netflix’s official synopsis, “boldly reimagines the life of one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons, Marilyn Monroe. From her volatile childhood as Norma Jeane, through her rise to stardom and romantic entanglements, Blonde blurs the lines of fact and fiction to explore the widening split between her public and private selves.”
The film was written and directed by New Zealand-born Australian filmmaker Andrew Dominik, known for Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Killing Them Softly. Dominik has been trying to get this project off the ground for over a decade, with Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain attached to star as Marilyn Monroe at different stages.
This is the first Netflix film to land a U.S. rating of NC-17, which is the highest classification films can get (the equivalent of an R18+ in Australia). The adults-only rating was given for “some sexual content”.
Blonde, also starring Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams, will premiere on Netflix on September 28th.