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Naomi Watts Talks Andrew Dominik's Marilyn Monroe Biopic 'Blonde'

The Playlist By Simon Dang | The Playlist October 20, 2010 at 1:40AM

Director Andrew Dominik was originally scheduled to begin production on his adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' Marilyn Monroe quasi-biopic, "Blonde," in January of 2011 in what was shaping up to be one of the year's most anticipated projects. This, however, was thrown up in the air recently when Casey Affleck -- who starred in Dominik's last film, 2007's "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" -- revealed he was working with the director on a Boston-set crime film in January as well.
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Director Andrew Dominik was originally scheduled to begin production on his adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' Marilyn Monroe quasi-biopic, "Blonde," in January of 2011 in what was shaping up to be one of the year's most anticipated projects. This, however, was thrown up in the air recently when Casey Affleck -- who starred in Dominik's last film, 2007's "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" -- revealed he was working with the director on a Boston-set crime film in January as well.

Is the adaptation of 'Blonde' still alive, we pondered at the time? Rest assured, it is, though it might be a bit of a way off yet. Speaking during press rounds for her political drama "Fair Game," Watts has taken to addressing the iconic role which she notes as something still on the horizon and adding that "I don't have a plan yet on how to do it. It's going to be a huge undertaking because everyone obviously has their own idea about who she was. It's a high pressure thing to take on because of how iconic she was. But I'm just not there yet. I don't know how I'll go about it."

The project was described at its conception as "a modern 'Raging Bull,'" not so much a "classic biopic" but a portrait of "the great female icon of the 20th Century."

Interestingly, Watts also discussed the project with ComingSoon and echoed the excited but cautious optimism she has for the project saying, "Well I'm not really there yet [prepping for the role]. It's based on the Joyce Carol Oates novel 'Blonde' which is fictitious even though it's obviously about Marilyn Monroe. We'll see, we'll see how things go. It's not the glossy, gorgeous Marilyn Monroe we're portraying here in a biopic. It's a very meaty, intense project."


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