Whilst Netflix dances with animated TV series and the building of brand new blockbuster franchises, it looks as though they may have put their high-profile Oscar contenders to one side. Such is evident with the news that Blonde, Netflix’s fictionalised retelling of the life of Marilyn Monroe, starring Ana de Armas is to be pushed back to 2022.
Once one of the years most highly anticipated releases, Blonde is headed up by The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’s director Andrew Dominik, who is also responsible for adapting the novel of the same name written by Joyce Carol Oates.
Having been in development since 2010, Blonde once saw the likes of Jessica Chastain and Naomi Watts attached to the project before it was given to Cuban actress Ana de Armas. With prominent roles in Blade Runner 2049 and Knives Out, de Armas will appear alongside Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, as well as Julianne Nicholson and Bobby Cannavale.
It comes with reports that back in June, Cannes general delegate Thierry Frémaux stated that Netflix turned down a slot in the competition, with Frémaux commenting about the film, “Andrew Dominik’s film [‘Blonde’] could have been ready — it’s beautiful, I saw it”.
Previously reporting that the film “has very little dialogue in it,” director Andrew Dominik, it looks as though Netflix may have considered the film to be not marketable enough for a current release, particularly with such a bevvy of other content waiting in the wings. Films still upcoming on the 2021 slate include Halle Berry’s directorial debut Bruised, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tick, Tick…Boom!, Rebecca Hall’s Passing and Jeymes Samuel’s The Harder they Fall.
Produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Tracey London, Brad Pitt and Scott Robertson, Blonde has not been given a future release date yet.
With no imminent release of Blonde to look forward to, take a look at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tick, Tick…Boom! below.