Jessica Chastain Cast in BLONDE

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The The Help star Jessica Chastain is now set to play Marilyn Monroe in director Andrew Dominik’s long brewing biopic, Blonde.

Naomi Watts had previously been attached to play Norma Jeane Baker in the pic, but she hasn’t been involved with Blonde a while ago.

The movie will be based on the critically acclaimed novel by Joyce Carol Oates, which pulled from historical sources to create a fictionalized account of the life of the woman better known by her studio name of Marilyn Monroe.

Brad Pitt has been onboard to produce Blonde for some time now, the movie that Dominik has previously called “a really sprawling, emotional nightmare fairy-tale type movie.”

With a two-time Oscar nominee now attached, expect Blonde to become one of the most anticipated movies over the next few years since Chastain certainly has the chops to fill Monroe’s shoes.

Dominik himself penned the screenplay and production is expected to get underway this August.

The flame-haired stunner is currently finishing up filming on Guillermo del Toro’s haunted house flick Crimson Peak. Chastain will also be shooting the feature film adaptation of The Zookeeper’s Wife, directed by Niki Caro this year, in addition to Blonde.

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