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‘Marilyn doesn’t exist’: Ana De Armas’ Marilyn Monroe falls apart in haunting new trailer for Blonde

Ana De Armas’ Marilyn Monroe is seen battling her demons in the haunting new trailer for Netflix’s Blonde.

The Andrew Dominik-directed film will see the ‘inner life’ of the iconic actress.

The teaser begins with a look at Marilyn’s global fame, with crowds chanting her name – but things quickly fall apart for her.

‘I know you’re supposed to get used to it but I just can’t,’ she says. ‘I’ve played Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Monroe.’

As Ana’s Marilyn is seen screaming, she says: ‘I can’t face doing another scene with Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn doesn’t exist. When I come out of my dressing room, I’m Norma Jeane. I’m still her when the camera’s rolling.’

The teaser goes on to show Marilyn being dragged down a corridor, crashing her car, and fleeing a building.

One particularly haunting shot sees Marilyn crying: ‘Help me’ as crowds are heard cheering for her.

‘Marilyn Monroe only exists on the screen,’ she says.

Ana De Armas stars as the iconic actress (Picture: Netflix)
Things aren’t all as they seem (Picture: Netflix)

Blonde, which is also set to feature in the competition section at Venice Film Festival, is based on the bestselling novel by Joyce Carol Oates and boasts a star-studded cast alongside Ana, including Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams.

Sharing an insight into her transformation as Monroe, Ana recently told Netflix Queue: ‘We worked on this film for hours, every single day for almost a year.

The trailer features some haunting moments (Picture: Netflix)
She’s seen crying: ‘Help me’ at one point (Picture: Netflix)

‘I read Joyce’s novel, studied hundreds of photographs, videos, audio recordings, films — anything I could get my hands on. Every scene is inspired by an existing photograph. We’d pore over every detail in the photo and debate what was happening in it.’

She continued: ‘The first question was always, “What was Norma Jeane feeling here?” We wanted to tell the human side of her story. Fame is what made Marilyn the most visible person in the world, but it also made Norma the most invisible.’

Director Andrew isn’t afraid of offending audiences, previously telling Vulture: ‘We’re in a time now, I think, where people are really uncertain about where any lines are. It’s a film that definitely has a morality about it,’ he continued.

‘But it swims in very ambiguous waters because I don’t think it will be as cut-and-dried as people want to see it.

‘There’s something in it to offend everyone.’

Monroe died in August 1962 at the age of 36 following a barbiturate overdose, however, there have been conflating reports around the exact circumstances of where she died.

Blonde is set for release on Netflix on September 28.

 


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