Jessica Chastain to play Monroe in Blonde – report

Jessica Chastain is set to become the latest actress to portray movie icon Marilyn Monroe on the big screen after reportedly landing the lead in director Andrew Dominik’s new drama Blonde. The Zero Dark Thirty star will replace Naomi Watts in the project, an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ novel of the same name, according to

The book, which landed the author Pulitzer Prize consideration when it was released in 2001, conjures up Monroe’s spirit and attempts to tell the actress’ story from the point of view of Norma Jeane Baker – the Some Like it Hot star’s real name. If the casting news is true, Chastain will join the likes of Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn), Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd (Norma Jean & Marilyn) and Susan Griffiths (Marilyn & Me), who have also portrayed Monroe, while Australian actress Poppy Montgomery played the screen icon in a TV mini-series adaptation of Blonde in 2001.