Michelle Williams to Play Marilyn Monroe, Not Johansson?
But she is a better actress, right? Production Weekly is reporting that Michelle Williams (Synecdoche New York, Brokeback Mountain) is "in talks" to star as Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis' My Week With Marilyn. According to early reports, Scarlett Johansson was also rumored for the role, but I think that was more speculation based on her looks. This is the first time we've heard this, so I won't take it as confirmed casting, but it seems like it could be legit. This must be a minor indie film, because My Week With Marilyn isn't even listed on IMDb yet, which means it's a very new project. Shooting is scheduled to begin in June.
As far as we know, this is based on Colin Clark's book My Week With Marilyn. Clark was hired as the "third assistant director" on Laurence Olivier's The Prince and the Showgirl, who put him in charge of keeping an eye on Marilyn while she was in London shooting in 1957. I'm pretty sure almost everyone is already familiar with Marilyn Monroe, so I don't think she needs an introduction. Monroe herself has starred in movies, and been mocked on screen plenty of times, but I think this is the first time we'll see an actual biopic about her. Or rather, a film that is about her as herself, and not her as a character (if that makes sense). We'll keep you updated on this one for sure, so stay tuned. What do you think? Is Michelle Williams a good choice?