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Marilyn Monroe is one of the most captivating screen actresses in history: beautiful, funny and fragile (and secretly quite smart). Amazingly, there has never been a feature-film biopic about the Hollywood legend. If there were, who would you pick to play Marilyn? It's a tall order -- in one TV movie about the actress, she was actually played by two women (Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd).
Now the first Marilyn biopic is in the works, and the producers are rumored to have made a surprising choice: Michelle Williams. Williams, an Oscar nominee for Brokeback Mountain (in which she costarred with future boyfriend Heath Ledger), is a talented and diverse actress. But despite her good looks, she's never taken glamorous roles. Playing a love interest in movies like The Baxter and The Station Agent, she gave off a librarian-ish charm; even as a noir damsel in last year's Deception, she was quiet and disheveled.
Maybe the filmmakers were inspired by her performance in the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, briefly playing an Edie Sedgwick-ish party girl. Even so, Williams is a far cry from the woman who was first rumored to have the role: modern-day pin-up Scarlett Johansson. Johansson's sultry screen presence and blonde good looks have invited comparisons to Monroe -- she even did a Dolce & Gabbana campaign in Marilyn drag. (Come to think of it, the most famous of the modern Marilyn impersonations might be Lindsay Lohan in New York magazine. We bet she's none too pleased about being passed over.)
The movie, based on the nonfiction book My Week with Marilyn, is about Monroe's experience on the set of the movie The Prince and the Showgirl. Costarring and directed by Laurence Olivier, the film was one of Marilyn's attempts to be taken more seriously as an actress. But the constant presence of her acting coach, along with her notoriously flaky (and possibly drug-induced) behavior, so aggravated Olivier that he quit directing for 13 years. It's a good subject for a movie, provided that the lead actress is compelling enough to make us love her -- and as far as we're concerned, Williams is an excellent choice. This could end up being the role of her lifetime.
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