The official Marilyn Monroe Estate has defended Ana de Armas, who portrays the Hollywood icon in the forthcoming Andrew Dominik and Netflix drama “Blonde.” The film’s official trailer debuted online on July 28, and many viewers were outraged by de Armas’ casting because her accent did not match Monroe’s iconic breathy tone. The film is not authorized by Monroe’s estate, but the group supports the casting of de Armas regardless.
Marilyn Monroe is a unique Hollywood and pop culture icon that transcends generations and time, according to Marc Rosen, president of entertainment at Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which owns the Marilyn Monroe Estate. “Any actor who assumes this role is aware of the large shoes they must fill. Ana appears to be an excellent casting choice based on the trailer alone, as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity, and vulnerability. We cannot wait to view the entire film!”
Prior to filming “Blonde,” De Armas told The Times of London that she spent nearly a year perfecting her Marilyn Monroe accent. The actor stated, “It took me nine months of dialect coaching, practice, and ADR sessions [to acquire the proper accent].” It was a tremendous ordeal, so taxing. My mind was dead.”
“Blonde” is based on Joyce Carol Oates’s novel. The drama reimagines Monroe’s life, from her turbulent childhood as Norma Jeane to her rise to fame. Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel, and Evan Williams play supporting roles. The film will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in competition.
The majority of complaints regarding de Armas’ casting centered on the fact that she maintained her Cuban accent, which was not how Monroe spoke. In 2020, De Armas told Vanity Fair that Dominik’s decision to cast a Cuban actor in the role of an American icon was “revolutionary.”
“I only had to audition once for Marilyn, and Andrew said, ‘It’s you,'” de Armas told the magazine. “But I had to audition for everyone else.” “The creators. The financiers. There are always individuals I need to persuade. But I knew I could succeed. The portrayal of Marilyn was revolutionary. A Cuban who portrays Marilyn Monroe. I desired it so intensely. You see that famous photograph of her smiling, but that is only a fraction of what she was truly experiencing at the time.”
Netflix will release “Blonde” worldwide on September 28.