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17th Jun 2022

WATCH: The first trailer for Blonde, the first adults-only movie made by Netflix

Rory Cashin

The movie’s official release date has also been finally revealed.

Earlier this year, we reported that Netflix had finished primary production on Blonde, which would be their first ever movie made intended for an adults-only audience.

In the States, the movie received an NC-17 rating – the equivalent to an 18s certificate in Ireland – for its sexual content, making it the first ever Netflix movie to receive that certification.

Today, Netflix has revealed the first trailer for Blonde, which focuses almost exclusively on the stunning transformation by leading actress Ana de Armas (Knives Out, No Time To Die), as she portrays Marilyn Monroe in the new attention-grabbing “biopic”.

The movie tells a fictionalised version of the life of Monroe, with de Armas joined on screen by Adrien Brody (The Pianist, Succession), Bobby Cannavale (Spy, Boardwalk Empire) and Julianne Nicholson (Mare of Easttown, Masters of Sex).

Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly) directs the movie, and he also wrote the screenplay, which is adaptation of the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. The book focused on several of the more high profile “stories” from Monroe’s life, including her traumatic childhood, her affair with President John F. Kennedy and the rumours that her death was actually a murder.

Oates has commented on a rough cut of the movie, stating that: “I have seen the rough cut of Andrew Dominik’s adaptation and it is startling, brilliant, very disturbing and perhaps most surprisingly an utterly ‘feminist’ interpretation… not sure that any male director has ever achieved anything [like] this.”

Additionally, Jamie Lee Curtis – who starred alongside Ana de Armas in Knives Out, and whose father Tony Curtis starred alongside Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot – had nothing but incredible things to say about de Armas’ performance: “I dropped to the floor. I couldn’t believe it. Ana was completely gone. She was Marilyn.”

Dominik had hoped the movie would premiere at Cannes this year, but it has been recently reported that it could now have its premiere as part of the Venice Film Festival, which kicks off at the beginning of September this year.

Blonde will arrive exclusively on Netflix on Friday, 23 September.

Clip via Netflix