Ana de Armas stuns fans in uncanny transformation into Marilyn Monroe for new biopic

Netflix has shared the first teaser for new film Blonde about Marilyn Monroe, with fans stunned at the uncanny likeness between its lead actress and the Hollywood icon.

Cuban actress Ana de Armas stars as the famous actress born Norma Jeane Mortenson, who shot to fame in the 1940s and went on to become one of the most famous actresses of all time.

The trailer sees Ana, 34, in a series of iconic scenes from Marilyn’s career, including wearing the pink dress that she wore in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, where she sang the song Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, and also in the iconic white dress that blew up while standing over a street vent for her film The Seven Year Itch.

The movie star is also seen being mobbed by fans and the press as the police help the distressed celebrity through a crowd, while Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend is sung over the clip in a slow, moody voice.

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In another scene in the trailer, the star is seen smiling in the mirror and then bursting into laughter, hinting at erratically changing moods the star was thought to suffer from during her lifetime.

Fans were astounded by the uncanny likeness between Ana and Marilyn, with one writing on Twitter: “ana de armas as marilyn monroe is actually incredible casting, wow.”

Another posted a photo of the two side by side and wrote: “Okay, but… Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe.”

Another added: ”Ana de Armas is spot on as Monroe”, while a fourth person simply put: “ana de armas as marilyn monroe. wow!”

The film is based on a 2000 book by Joyce Carol Oates and is directed by Andrew Dominik.

Blonde is scheduled for release in September on Netflix and will be the streaming service's first original film to garner an NC-17 rating, which means it’s not thought suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

Marilyn Monroe actress Ana shared the trailer on Instagram with the caption: “BLONDE. What a beautiful dream!

“Andrew’s ambitions were very clear from the start — to present a version of Marilyn Monroe’s life through her lens. He wanted the world to experience what it actually felt like to not only be Marilyn, but also Norma Jeane. I found that to be the most daring, unapologetic, and feminist take on her story that I had ever seen.”

The official Blonde synopsis from Netflix reads: '[The film] boldly reimagines the life of one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons, Marilyn Monroe. From her volatile childhood as Norma Jeane, through her rise to stardom and romantic entanglements, Blonde blurs the lines of fact and fiction to explore the widening split between her public and private selves.'

Andrew Dominik said in May that the film has “something in it to offend everyone”.

“On the one hand, I think if I'm given the choice, I'd rather go and see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story,” he told Vulture.

“Because we know that her life was on the edge, clearly, from the way it ended. Do you want to see the warts-and-all version or do you want to see that sanitized version?”

Blonde has been a project years in the making for the director, with shooting first scheduled to start way back in January 2011.

He also added that it was an “interesting time” for Blonde to be released.

“If it had come out a few years ago, it would have come out right when Me Too hit and it would have been an expression of all that stuff. We're in a time now, I think, where people are really uncertain about where any lines are,” he said.

“It's a film that definitely has a morality about it. But it swims in very ambiguous waters because I don't think it will be as cut-and-dried as people want to see it. There's something in it to offend everyone,” he added.

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