As previously reported in May (see here), the release of Andrew Dominik’s Blonde, starring Ana de Armas, has been postponed until 2021 due to ongoing restrictions over film festivals and cinema openings (like other Netflix prestige vehicles, it will probably get a limited release to qualify for future Oscar consideration.) However, author Joyce Carol Oates has praised the adaptation of her novel, The Film Stage reports – which is good news for Dominik, but probably won’t allay the concerns of some Monroe fans about the accuracy of his source material.
“Joyce Carol Oates has revealed on Twitter that she’s screened a cut of the film and shared some high praise. ‘I have seen the rough cut of Andrew Dominik’s adaptation & it is startling, brilliant, very disturbing & [perhaps most surprisingly] an utterly “feminist” interpretation,’ the author said. ‘[I’m] not sure that any male director has ever achieved anything [like] this.’
While any comments with someone with a vested interest in the project should be taken with a grain of salt, it is promising to hear the author is so emphatic in her admiration for what The Assassination of Jesse James director has achieved with his fourth feature. We’re hoping perhaps a return to Cannes is in store, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Playing Monroe’s husbands in the film are Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller and Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio, while Julianne Nicholson, Scoot McNairy, Garret Dillahunt, Caspar Phillipson, Toby Huss, Sara Paxton, David Warshofsky, Lily Fisher, Evan Williams, and Xavier Samuel round out the cast. Cinematographer Chayse Irvin (BlacKkKlansman) shot the film.”