Cameras began to roll this week on My Week With Marilyn, the film that adapts the diaries of Colin Clark, who showed Marilyn Monroe around London while she worked on the film The Princess and the Showgirl. Now we’ve got the first image of Michelle Williams playing Marilyn Monroe in the film, and word that Julia Ormond and Dougray Scott have been added to the cast. Read More »


Briefly: It’s almost difficult to believe that Emma Watson‘s only live-action film role has been Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. (She did voice a character in one animated film, The Tales of Desperaux, which is the break the Potter-only streak.) Now, with the Potter series all but wrapped and the core cast starting to move on, Ms. Watson has finally booked her first live-action follow-up role. She’ll be in My Week With Marilyn, the Marilyn Monroe film that won the staring contest between two competing Monroe biopics.

Watson will have a smallish role as Lucy, “a wardrobe assistant working behind the scenes during the making of The Prince And The Showgirl in 1956.” My Week With Marilyn is based upon a memoir written by Colin Clark (played by Eddie Redmayne), who was assistant to Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) at the time of the production of that film. When Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) came to London to appear in the movie, Clark shepherded the actress around town. [The Daily Mail via The Playlist]


Briefly: The cast of My Week With Marilyn continues to grow, if slowly. The film recreates events that took place when an assistant to Laurence Olivier spent time with Marilyn Monroe while his boss and the actress were making The Prince and the Showgirl. It has Michelle Williams as Monroe and Kenneth Branagh is set to play Olivier.

Now Eddie Redmayne, who was a candidate to lead Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, is reportedly cast as Colin Clark, the employee of Olivier who represents the ‘my’ in the film’s title and wrote the book upon which the movie is based. Also in the cast is Judi Dench as The Prince and the Showgirl co-star Sybil Thorndike.

My Week With Marilyn begins shooting in a little over a week in London. [Playlist]


There are two Marilyn Monroe biopics brewing. One is Blonde, which stars Naomi Watts as Monroe in a pretty broad telling of the actress’s story. The other is My Week With Marilyn, which stars Michelle Williams and is based on a diary by Colin Clark, who worked for Laurence Olivier when the actor shepherded Monroe around London while she shot The Prince and the Showgirl.

We haven’t heard anything on the latter since May, but now it appears that Olivier may be played by Kenneth Branagh. Read More »


I know that Marilyn Monroe is an American icon, but do we really need two biopics of the actress in the works? On one hand, there’s My Week With Marilyn, which started development last year. Scarlett Johansson was originally slated to star, then Michelle Williams stepped in.

And now there is Blonde, which adapts the fake memoir by Joyce Carol Oates. Playing Monroe in this one will be Naomi Watts — not exactly who comes to mind when thinking of the curvy Monroe — under the direction of Andrew Dominik. He might be the key ingredient here, because if you’re going to make a movie about an American legend, why not hand it to the guy who last made The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford? Read More »