Production Weekly is reporting this week that Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy, Brokeback Mountain) is in talks to play Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn. The project, which is under the helm of British TV vet Simon Curtis and producer David Parfitt, is based on the diary of Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier in 1957. He was tasked to look after Monroe when she arrived in London to film The Prince and the Showgirl. In 1958, Clark published excerpts from his diary, leaving out the week with Ms. Monroe. Those entries were finally released in 2002, and have since been adapted into a feature-length story.
Originally, Scarlett Johansson was set to play Monroe, leading to much fanfare around her potential wardrobe choices. As I’m sure we can all agree, there is a large segment of the population that would like to see her dolling out her various assets. With Williams, the project is getting a decidedly better actress, but one that has a look that is further from the source (Monroe). This is also an unconventional role choice for Williams, who is usually drawn to less-mainstream fare like Wendy and Lucy and Incendiary. There’s no additional detail about this film, so it’s hard to say whether or not it’s exactly a mainstream affair, but with an icon such as Marilyn Monroe at its core, there will be some interest beyond the indie film community.
Filming is scheduled to begin in June.