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Channeling Marilyn Monroe is no easy task, although plenty of contemporary stars have tried. (Remember Lindsay Lohan's naked-Marilyn photo shoot?) Well, now it's Michelle Williams' turn -- and in the new trailer for My Week With Marilyn, we can see that her portrayal of the iconic actress is actually jaw-droppingly good.
The film, which comes out on Nov. 4, is based on the incredible true story of Colin Clark (played by Eddie Redmayne), who met Monroe in 1956 while working as a production assistant on the London set of The Prince and the Showgirl. Watch the trailer now:
Monroe was at the height of her fame, addicted to pills, newly married to playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott), and at odds with her costar Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branaugh). Overwhelmed and lonely, Monroe befriended Clark and even escaped with him to the English countryside for a brief vacation (the "week" of the movie's title). While their relationship was platonic, Clark fell in love with the actress and went on to write two books about their time together.
Even though this is Clark's story, the movie clearly belongs to Michelle Williams, 34, as Marilyn. Williams, an Oscar nominee for Brokeback Mountain and Blue Valentine, won the role over stiff competition (including the more bombshell-esque Scarlett Johansson). Even though she's no glamour girl, Williams is an incredible actress who never seems like she's "acting." The role of Marilyn is essentially two roles -- the onscreen persona of Marilyn, and the authentic Norma Jean -- and it's clear from the trailer that Williams has nailed them both. There's definitely another Oscar nomination in her future, and perhaps the third time's the charm!