Besides making noise at Venice with WHITE NOISE, Netflix will also own the festival’s global media spotlight with BLONDE.
The NC-17 bio-drama bombshell from Plan B Entertainment, whose Brad Pitt is one of the film’s producers, will play in competition on the Lido. It seems a safe bet to expect to turn away crowds and the kind of red carpet sizzle that gets an Oscar buzz going — in this case for Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe. De Armas has been a standout in earlier supporting roles in NO TIME TO DIE (2021), opposite Daniel Craig, and KNIVES OUT (2019), also with Craig.
“BLONDE” is written & directed by Andrew Dominik (KILLING THEM SOFTLY), who’s no stranger to Venice. At the 2007 festival, he was a Golden Lion nominee for THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD, which he adapted to the screen & directed.
Netflix will start streaming BLONDE on 9/28. Its NC-17 rating would usually make it difficult to arrange a theatrical run for Oscar eligibility
— but Netflix can do that very easily at its Paris Theatre in NY & the Egyptian in Hollywood. Based on Joyce Carol Oates’ bestselling novel, BLONDE reimagines the Hollywood icon’s life & explores, per Netflix, “the widening split between her public and private selves.”