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Marilyn Monroe Estate defends Ana de Armas' casting in Blonde amid accent outrage

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde
(Image credit: Netflix)

The Marilyn Monroe estate has publicly defended Ana de Armas after the official trailer for Blonde left some viewers outraged at the actress's accent.

According to Variety (opens in new tab), the trailer was met with harsh criticisms over de Armas' Cuban accent still coming through in the trailer. Marc Rosen, president of entertainment at Authentic Brands Group, the owners of the Marilyn Monroe estate, released a statement in the actress's defense.

"Marilyn Monroe is a singular Hollywood and pop culture icon that transcends generations and history," Rosen said. "Any actor that steps into that role knows they have big shoes to fill. Based on the trailer alone, it looks like Ana was a great casting choice as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity and vulnerability. We can’t wait to see the film in its entirety!"

The film was not authorized by the estate, most likely because the film is based on a fictionalized account of Monroe's life, rather than a non-fiction book. Blonde, written by author Joyce Carol Oates, was released in 2000 to rave reviews and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.

De Armas is of Cuban descent, and spent a year working on her Marilyn Monroe accent (H/T The Times (opens in new tab)). While the icon's breathy voice is a noted signature, there's a whole lot more to playing Monroe – and director Andrew Dominik believed De Armas was the perfect choice (via Vanity Fair (opens in new tab)) after her first audition.

Blonde is set to hit Netflix on September 28. For more, check out our list of the most exciting upcoming movies in 2022 and beyond.

Lauren Milici
Lauren Milici

Lauren Milici is a Senior Entertainment Writer for GamesRadar+ currently based in the Midwest. She previously reported on breaking news for The Independent's Indy100 and created TV and film listicles for Ranker. Her work has been published in Fandom, Nerdist, Paste Magazine, Vulture, PopSugar, Fangoria, and more. Her first collection of poetry, "FINAL GIRL," sold out of print. Her second collection, "Sad Sexy Catholic," is forthcoming in 2023.