Jessica Chastain Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe starred in plenty of films during her lifetime, but after her death she’s appeared in even more movies as a character. Now the next actress to dot on that famous beauty mark will be Jessica Chastain. She’s just replaced Naomi Watts as the star of Andrew Dominik‘s Blonde. More details after the jump.

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We just mentioned the fact that Beyonce will direct her own bio-doc for HBO, but there are a few other biopics in development, too. Andrew Dominik has only released two films to date: Chopper, and The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford. The former got worldwide attention, and the latter quickly developed a fervent cult following despite being a relative failure at the box office. This week Dominik releases his third film, Killing Them Softly, and with any luck, Dominik’s next film will arrive a lot sooner. Before making Killing Them Softly he was working on the Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde, and that film is moving forward once again, with Naomi Watts (above) still set to play Marilyn.

Dominik told The Playlist, “It’s about her whole life. It starts when she’s seven and it ends when she dies… It’s sort of a Polanski descent-into-madness-type movie. It’s about this orphan girl who gets lost in the woods.” That latter statement is interesting, especially since the film comes from Joyce Carol Oates‘ book about Marilyn, but taking the eccentricities of Killing Them Softly into account, it isn’t all that surprising. Dominik clearly has more than the mundane in mind. In fact, he says “fantasy and reality become very blurred in the story.”

Dominik hopes to shoot the film next year, and says “It’s my dream project and I’ve been working on it for years and years and years.” But let’s move on. After the break,

  • Lenny Kravitz will play Marvin Gaye,
  • and Fox Searchlight is developing a Susan Boyle biopic,
  • and Michael Hutchence of INXS is the subject of dueling developments.

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Before making the movie that became Killing Them Softly, The Assassination of Jesse James director Andrew Dominik was developing a biopic of Marilyn Monroe. Actually, Blonde is not quite a biopic — it is an account of the screen icon’s life, but one based on a Joyce Carol Oates novel that imagined Monroe’s thoughts. So not quite non-fiction; or even less non-fiction than biopics often attempt.

Now, on Marilyn’s birthday, Dominik and the star of his last two films, Brad Pitt, have announced that Pitt’s company Plan B will product the film. “We’re going to get this one done,” Pitt says. Read More »

In today’s TV Bits, Uma Thurman puts on her dancing shoes and Charlie Sheen comes back from the dead. After the jump:

  • AMC picks up another Robert Kirkman comic, Thief of Thieves
  • Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management gets a new teaser
  • Uma Thurman does her best Marilyn impression for Smash
  • Fox revisits the first episode of its first show, Married… With Children
  • NBC unveils some concept art for its Munsters reboot

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