Andrew Dominik, the filmmaker behind The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, is the director and writer behind this adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' novel, which "blurs the lines of fact and fiction" to create a portrait of the blonde bombshell. The pseudo-biopic includes reenactments of real-life moments, like Monroe's iconic performance of "Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend" in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, with fictionalized accounts of what happened behind closed doors.
"Andrew's ambitions were very clear from the start — to present a version of Marilyn Monroe's life through her lens," de Armas told Netflix Queue. "He wanted the world to experience what it actually felt like to not only be Marilyn, but also Norma Jeane. I found that to be the most daring, unapologetic, and feminist take on her story that I had ever seen."
Blonde, which boasts a rare NC-17 rating, also stars Adrien Brody as The Playwright, Bobby Cannavale as The Ex-Athlete, and Julianne Nicholson as Norma Jeane's mother, with Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams.
Blonde debuts on Netflix on Sept. 23. Watch the trailer below.