The estate of Marilyn Monroe has defended the casting of Ana de Armas as the Hollywood icon in upcoming biopic, Blonde.
The movie, produced by Netflix, will be directed by Andrew Dominik and is based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates which was released in 2000.
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 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.
A new trailer has been released and De Armas is a dead ringer for Monroe both in her mannerisms and facial expressions.
Some fans of Monroe have criticised her accent, however, which they believe is closer to her actual Cuban voice rather than Monroe's sensual, breathy tone.
The No Time to Die and Knives Out actress has received defence from Monroe's estate, though.
“Marilyn Monroe is a singular Hollywood and pop culture icon that transcends generations and history,” said Marc Rosen, president of entertainment at Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which owns the Marilyn Monroe Estate.
“Any actor that steps into that role knows they have big shoes to fill. Based on the trailer alone, it looks like Ana was a great casting choice as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity and vulnerability. We can’t wait to see the film in its entirety!”