Andrew Dominik’s Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde was years in the making, and Netflix finally gave us a taste of things to come. The first trailer takes us back to the Golden Age of Hollywood and shows Ana de Armas transforming into one of the most iconic Hollywood stars of all time.
The first teaser shows Monroe swimming through a sea of contradictions, trying to juggle between her smiling, radiant on-screen persona that we know her as and the tearful, heartbroken woman that she becomes once the cameras stop rolling and paparazzi are nowhere to be found.
Director Andrew Dominik described Blonde as “a movie for all the unloved children of the world”, comparing it to the likes of Citizen Kane and Raging Bull. He said that the whole idea of this project “was to detail a childhood drama and then show the way in which that drama splits the adults into a public and private self.”
Dominik also told Variety that he was surprised by the film’s NC-17 rating, reserves for movies with graphic sexual content, especially since Blonde is the first Netflix project to receive the notorious rating. It’s set to premiere on this streaming platform on September 23, and Dominik is hoping it will have its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival.