New look at Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

If there was any doubt that Michelle Williams is the perfect Marilyn Monroe then Collider’s newly released picture of the starlet in Simon Curtis’ My Week with Marilyn should put naysayers to rest.

The film is based on The Prince, the Showgirl, and Me: Six Months on Set with Marilyn and Olivier, the memoirs of Colin Clark who, employed by Sir Laurence Olivier, witnessed firsthand the turbulent relationship between Monroe and Olivier on the set of 1965’s The Prince and the Showgirl.

My Week with Marilyn was one of two Monroe films to begin talks earlier this year. The second film, Blonde, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, was to be directed by Andrew Dominik and star Australian actress Naomi Watts. It has since stalled, though Watts discussed the role back in October to various media, which prompts us to hold out hope it will still be made.

The photo of Williams shows the graceful and peaceful side of Monroe. While the focus of the film will be on a particular time frame and setting, the film set, it would be a shame, to Marilyn and Michelle, not to explore the darker side of Monroe’s personality.

By synopsis alone, it would be easy to fear My Week with Marilyn turns down the path of TV movie/mini-series in the vein of 2001’s Blonde starring Poppy Montgomery. It has to be said though, based on this first picture, how similar Williams and Monroe appear.

Rounding out the impressive cast is Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier, Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh, Judi Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike, co-star on The Prince and the Showgirl; Dominic Cooper as Milton Greene, famed Monroe photographer; Dougray Scott as playwright Arthur Miller, and Emma Watson.

My Week with Marilyn is currently filming and will be released in 2012, no doubt with a big Oscar campaign behind Williams for Best Actress.

Williams can soon be seen in the film Blue Valentine opposite Ryan Gosling being released in Australia on Boxing Day. The film was a hit at Sundance earlier this year and has received critical praise overseas further establishing Williams as one of the strongest actresses working in Hollywood today.

Discuss: Who do you think would make the better Marilyn? Michelle or Naomi?

One Response to “New look at Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe”

  1. >Oh dear, whilst Michelle looks nice as Marilyn she doesn't hold a candle to her luminosity. Wish movie makers would let her rest in peace.

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