VENICE, Italy (AP) | The 79th edition of the Venice International Film Festival has begun to kick off, but they’ve saved one of the slate’s most anticipated films for last.
Andrew Dominic’s Marilyn Monroe film “Blonde,” starring Ana de Armas, has its world premiere in competition Thursday night.
The nearly three-hour epic Joyce is based on a biographical work by Carol Oates and examines the Hollywood icon’s public and private life, from her troubled childhood as Norma Jean to her global stardom as Marilyn Monroe. Is. Cuban-born de Armas worked with a dialect coach for a year to prepare.
“Blonde” also stars Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller and Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio. The Netflix film, produced by Brad Pitt’s company Plan B, is the first film produced by a streamer to be rated NC-17 by the Motion Picture Association, meaning no one under 17 is allowed to watch the film in theaters.
The film will run in select theaters from September 16 before becoming available on Netflix on September 23. It is one of several Oscar nominees to be launched in Venice, where it is one of the films to vie for the festival’s awards on 10 September.