Who'd Make the Better Marilyn Monroe: Naomi Watts or Michelle Williams?
Today, word broke of the next project from director Andrew Dominik (of the woefully underseen The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford): an adaptation of the Joyce Carol Oates novel Blonde, with Naomi Watts set to star as Marilyn Monroe. There's only one problem: Michelle Williams is also about to play the silver screen bombshell in Simon Curtis's My Night with Marilyn. So, we put it to you: if only one of these projects gets the go-ahead, which Marilyn would you like to see?
In Watts's favor is that she's, y'know, amazing, and if Mulholland Drive proved anything, it's that she's more than capable of playing a damaged, breathy starlet. (There was something a little Marilyn about that famous Mulholland audition scene, wasn't there?) Against her, though: she's 41, already several years older than Marilyn Monroe was when she died.
As for Williams, we've noted before that she's definitely got "frequently topless victim" in her acting wheelhouse. Still, would Monroe's overdose death recall Heath Ledger's too closely for comfort?
The floor is yours.
Naomi Watts to go Blonde with Wild Bunch, Andrew Dominik [Screen Daily]