(Pocket-lint) – Netflix is no stranger to big celebrities, but this year it’s taken on one of cinema’s most iconic characters in the form of Marilyn Monroe, with the movie Blonde.
We’ve got all the key details about this major project, including how you can watch it, and what to expect from it.
How to watch Blonde
The good thing about any major Netflix project like Blonde is that it’s very simple to explain how to watch it once it’s out.
You can watch Blonde right now, simply by setting up a Netflix account or logging into one that you’ve already made. Because it’s a Netflix original, you can’t catch it anywhere else.
All you’ll need is a membership or to share a password with someone who has an account for a day, to sit down and watch it yourself.
Blonde release date
Blonde was in production (or post-production) for a long time, with rumors swirling all the time about its contents, how it would treat Monroe and what would be like to watch.
Now, the movie is finally out in the wild – Blonde premiered on Netflix on September 23, 2022.
The first trailers for the movie arrived in Summer 2022, and you can watch them below, starting with a very short teaser.
A longer trailer debuted at the end of July 2022, and contains a huge amount more to dig into if you’re so inclined, running through a bunch of famous moments in Monroe’s life.
It made it look like things will get pretty dark, too, with Ana de Armas presenting not just the public lightness but also the private darkness of some parts of Monroe’s life.
The central figure in Blonde is being played by Ana de Armas, who was so sensational in No Time to Die and Knives Out, and the cast is filled out by some other big names:
- Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe
- Adrien Brody as The Playwright (Arthur Miller)
- Bobby Cannavale as The Ex-Athlete (Joe DiMaggio)
- Caspar Phillipson as The President
- Sara Paxton as Miss Flynn
- Julianne Nicholson as Gladys
You can keep a full eye on the cast list as it grows on IMDb.
Blonde tells an explicitly fictionalized tale of Marilyn Monroe’s internal life in the 1950s and 60s, based on a celebrated book by Joyce Carol Oates. It promises to be a salacious, unflinching look at what it was like to be the world’s foremost sex symbol through those years, but with a fantastical slant.
The original book’s writer has already sung the film’s praises having seen a rough cut all the way back in 2020, too:
(just a parenthetical aside–I have seen the rough cut of Andrew Dominick’s adaptation & it is startling, brilliant, very disturbing & [perhaps most surprisingly] an utterly “feminist” interpretation… not sure that any male director has ever achieved anything this.) https://t.co/zUubjH5yqV
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) August 10, 2020
The film is the brainchild of director and writer Andrew Dominik of Killing Them Softly and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and it’s taken him years to get it made, but Netflix looks to have finally stumped up the cash.
The fact that both Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller are in the cast-list shows that the film goes into Monroe’s marriage with each celebrity, while we also know she’ll come to know President Kennedy, just as she did in real life.
Writing by Max Freeman-Mills. Editing by Britta O’Boyle.