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Kenneth Branagh in Talks for Olivier in 'My Week With Marilyn'

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July 20, 2010
Source: The Playlist

Laurence Olivier / Kenneth Branagh

You may remember reading a story late last year about actress Michelle Williams being cast as Marilyn Monroe (this isn't the other Monroe film with Naomi Watts) in a project called My Week With Marilyn, based on Colin Clark's book about Monroe's time in London shooting the Laurence Olivier film The Prince and the Showgirl. We haven't heard much about it since then, but Production Weekly (via The Playlist) is reporting that things are coming together and Kenneth Branagh, director of Thor and a talented actor, is "in talks" to play iconic British actor Sir Laurence Olivier. It looks like a great cast is coming together.

My Week With Marilyn will be directed by British TV veteran Simon Curtis, but we don't know if they have a start date yet or not. Author Colin Clark was hired as the "third assistant director" on Olivier's Prince and the Showgirl, who put him in charge of keeping an eye on Marilyn while she was shooting in 1957. I like the cast they're pursuing, Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh are both fantastic actors; it should certainly be interesting to see them playing such iconic real-life people like Monroe and Olivier. Branagh isn't signed yet, and I'm sure it depends heavily on if he finishes Thor on time, but I hope it happens, as I think he'd be a great choice. We'll keep you updated on this, so stay tuned. Anyone interested in seeing this already?

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  • beavis
    big KB fan.........i'd be interested in this.
  • Eli
    Cast and crew seem to be coming together nicely here. High hopes although, Michelle Williams seems awkward for some reason. Kinda like Rene Zellwegger or whatever.
  • Caitie
    I like Michelle Williams (Expect in Shutter Island) but she's so much more different physically to her it's almost impossible for me to imagine her playing the one-in-only Marilyn. I guess you never know though, she could surprise me.

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