Jessica Chastain Replaces Naomi Watts as Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde'

April 22, 2014
Source: The Wrap

Marilyn Monroe / Jessica Chastain

Nearly four years ago, Naomi Watts was tapped to play Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, an adaptation of the book of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates that will be directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). However, the actress seems to have fallen away from the project with The Wrap reporting that Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Help) is now getting close to a deal to play the iconic actress. Unlike My Week with Marilyn starring Michelle Williams, this aims to be a more extensive look at Monroe's life, but with a twist from the source material.

The book in question is referred to as a fake memoir because it takes the liberty of being told from the point of view of Monroe with the names of certain well-known male suitors changed to vague descriptions including The Ex-Athlete (Joe DiMaggio), The Playwright (Arthur Miller) and The President (John F. Kennedy). It's fictional, but is highly regarded as being an accurate and intimate portrait of the actress loved by millions, who still remained a fragile young woman struggling with identity in the face of stardom.

Chastain undoubtedly has the chops to play Monroe, and we've seen her as a blonde a couple times, and the resemblance isn't hard to see when she steps into the role. Dominik adapted the book himself, which used many biographical and historical sources to tell the story from Monroe's perspective. This could very well be a film that ends up getting awards attention when the time comes, and that would be good for Brad Pitt and his Plan B production banner, fresh off their Best Picture win for 12 Years a Slave. Either way, with four years passing since the project surfaced, this just goes to show you how hard it is to get a film off the ground, even with fantastic talent involved in front of and behind the camera. Production begins in August.

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Woo! A much better actress. Chastain needs more work!!!~

DAVIDPD on Apr 22, 2014


I agree. Love Chastain.

Quanah on Apr 22, 2014


Better choice.

Brian Sleider on Apr 22, 2014


Naomi Watts was too old in the first place. Happy they went with Chastain, who is a better choice overall.

Marcus on Apr 23, 2014


Seeing as how Marilyn only lived to be 36, whereas Naomi Watts is 45, Watts is probably too old for the part. But she is far sexier and a better actress than Florence and the Machine, I mean Jessica Chastain.

Rick Torres on Apr 23, 2014


Physically, this doesn't make much sense aside from whatever movie magic is used. Monroe had curves while Chastain, even if she bulks up, doesnt seem to possess much of at all. No?

NicelyBuilt on Apr 23, 2014


Agreed. But not only that, i dont think Chastain's facial beauty measures up either.

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 23, 2014


Tough job for any actor after Michelle Williams did a fantastic job just recently.

SCAL-LA-BREEN-E on Apr 23, 2014


I know Chastain has the acting skills but i dont know. Marilyn Monroe was extreeeeeeemely HOT. I'd like someone to embody her amazing beauty and physique in addition to the acting skills. I think thats what really counts here.

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 23, 2014

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