Ana de Armas claims the new biopic about Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe was created from the outset to inspire controversy and debate.
Blonde, produced by Netflix, is directed by Andrew Dominik and based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates which was released in 2000.
The novel details Norma Jean's evolution into Marilyn Monroe and the impact fame and Hollywood had on her life and ultimate death.
The official plot from Netflix reads:
“ 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 movie has been in production for a while now and was released on Netflix in September. It was initially Naomi Watts who was set for the role before Jessica Chastain stepped in.
Eventually, though, De Armas was confirmed to play Monroe, one of the most recognisable celebrities in history.
The movie has been given a NC-17 rating by Netflix due to its adult and sexual content. One scene, in particular, is believed to involve a sexual assault on Norma Jean from a studio executive who promises to launch her career.
De Armas says Dominik has stayed true to his word from the start about not glossing over any of the controversial content from the book.
“Andrew did not compromise, not once,” the actress told Empire.
“He pushed back. This movie has had a long journey, not only before being made, but also after.
"It’s a film that is supposed to create controversy and discomfort, and it’s supposed to make you think about what happened – and what is still happening. It’s revolutionary, and I think it’s so brave.”
Blonde also stars Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel, and Julianne Nicholson in supporting roles.
The movie was shot mostly in black and white with shifting aspect ratios, though there as some scenes in colour.
It premiered at the Venice Film Festival and received a 14-minute standing ovation.