Perhaps even more intriguing than seeing Michelle Williams play the iconic Marilyn Monroe, is seeing Kenneth Branagh play Sir Laurence Olivier in the upcoming film My Week with Marilyn. If anyone is seen as the modern day Laurence Olivier it’s Kenneth Branagh. Although Branagh is the logical choice to play Olivier in a biopic, I’m sure he must have had reservations for taking on such a high profile role of someone he is so often compared to. As far as the rest of the movie, this film seems more like a performance showcase than a fascinating overall story. Honestly, I doubt the film will shed any new light on aspects of Marilyn Monroe’s life that hasn’t already been explored. But what we do see in this trailer is at least intriguing. And thankfully Michelle Williams is not doing an exaggerated Marilyn Monroe caricature.
My Week with Marilyn stars Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Dominic Cooper, Emma Watson, and Judi Dench. The film is directed by Simon Curtis. The screenplay is written by David Parfitt. The film is scheduled for release November 4, 2011.
In the summer of 1956, Colin Clark works as an assistant on the British set of The Prince and the Showgirl, which stars Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe, who is also on honeymoon with her new husband, playwright Arthur Miller. When Miller leaves the country, Clark introduces Monroe to British life and they spend a week together, during which time she escapes from her Hollywood routine and the pressures of work.