Jessica Chastain As Marilyn Monroe? The Oscar Nominee Could Star In Fictionalized "Biopic"
It seems like just yesterday when Michelle Williams was making waves and earning Oscar nods as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn. In reality it was three years ago, though, which essentially means it's time for Hollywood's anstiness to get the ball running on another Monroe-related thing to take over. And this one's already got Oscar ties: Jessica Chastain is in talks to play Monroe.
The film in question is an adaptation of Blonde, Joyce Carol Oates' critically acclaimed historical novel chronicling Monroe's imagined inner life. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001, and the film is being directed by Andrew Dominick (The Assassination Of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford). As The Wrap notes about the novel:
Oates drew on biographical and historical sources to paint an intimate portrait of Marilyn that reveals a fragile, gifted young woman who repeatedly remade her identity to overcome the odds and define stardom in the 1950s.
Naomi Watts was signed on for the role of Monroe initially, but now it's Chastain who's in talks. And though unlike Williams and Watts Chastain is not already outwardly exuding blonde resemblance of Monroe, it's hard to deny her chops.
Chastain is currently in Toronto shooting the Guillermo Del Toro-directed Crimson Peak with Tom Hiddleston and having amazing birthday parties. We will be leveraging this with this most recent news to picture Chastain and Hiddleston watching Gentlemen Prefer Blondes together, because these are the things that bring us joy.