Jessica Chastain To Play Marilyn Monroe In Andrew Dominik's Blonde

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Andrew Dominik's "passion project," a biopic of Marilyn Monroe called Blonde, which he's been working on for at least 4 years now, looks like it's finally moving forward. The Wrap reports Jessica Chastain is now very close to signing on to play the Hollywood screen icon, replacing Naomi Watts, who had long been attached to the role.

The biopic will actually be a fictionalized account of Monroe's life, is based on Joyce Carol Oates' Pulitzer shortlisted novel of the same name, and is said to be very different from the Simon Curtis-Michelle Williams version of events in My Week with Marilyn.

Brad Pitt is producing via his Plan B banner and he clearly has faith in Dominik and Chastain, both of whom he has worked with before. It's perfect casting to my eyes, and I hope it actually happens this time. Dominik, at least, is optimistic, and plans to begin shooting in August, barring any scheduling issues with Chastain's many other projects.

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