Jessica Chastain Set To Play Marilyn Monroe In ‘Blonde’

Jessica Chastain Marilyn Monroe

 

Jessica Chastain better start eating now.

Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is nearing a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik's passion project “Blonde,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Representatives for Chastain and Worldview Entertainment did not immediately respond to requests for comment. First announced in 2010, “Blonde” is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 700-page novel of the same name, which reimagines the inner, poetic and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker — the child, the woman and the fated-celebrity better known by her studio name of Marilyn Monroe.

In addition to having to gain 165 pounds and growing an eleventh toe for the role, Jessica Chastain has to "reimagine" how a neurotic, bipolar junkie who could crush the soul of a film set faster than Lindsay Lohan could one day become a feminist icon of relationships (divorced three times and died alone) and natural beauty (had implants and a nose job) for misguided chicks on Tumblr. I'd give her an Oscar for that.

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