Ever since it was confirmed that Netflix’s upcoming Marilyn Monroe biopic Blond was rated NC-17 by the Motion Picture Association, the film was shrouded in controversy as audience curiosity grew over the clarity of the scenes.
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In an interview with The Official magazine, Golden Globe nominee Ana de Armas has finally spoken on the rating assigned to their film. She revealed that, compared to other shows and movies, Blond does not feature much explicit content.
“I didn’t understand why this happened,” Armas said. “I can tell you a number of shows or movies that are a lot more explicit with a lot more sexual content than Blond. But to tell this story, it’s important to show all those moments in Marilyn’s life that made her end the way she did. It had to be explained. Everybody [in the cast] knew we had to go to uncomfortable places. I was not the only one.
Described as a fictionalized version of Marilyn Monroe’s life story, Blond is written and directed by Andrew Dominik, based on Joyce Carol Oates 2000 novel of the same name. Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Caspar Phillipson, Toby Huss, Sara Paxton and David Warshofksy join de Armas.
“One of America’s most acclaimed novelists boldly reimagines one of America’s most enduring icons in Blond – Joyce Carol Oates’ best-selling, National Book Award-nominated book,” reads the book’s synopsis. “The legend of Marilyn Monroe – aka Norma Jeane Baker – comes provocatively to life in this powerful tale of Hollywood myth and heartbreaking reality. Marilyn Monroe lives – reborn to tell her untold story; her story of a star created to shine most in the Hollywood firmament before its fall to earth. Blond is a dazzling fictional portrait of the complex inner life of the idolized and desired movie star as only the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates could paint.
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The film is produced by Plan B Entertainment, with Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Tracey Landon and Scott Robertson serving as producers. The project has been in development since 2012, with Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain previously attached for the lead role.
Blond is set to debut on September 28.