- Ana de Armas is set to star in the Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde at Netflix.
- For months, there has been speculation that the film could receive an NC-17 rating due to its sexual content.
- That rating has since been confirmed, as Blonde has officially been rated NC-17 ahead of its impending release.
After it was originally scheduled to release in late 2021, Blonde — the Marilyn Monroe biopic directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Ana de Armas — was delayed, with rumors indicating that Netflix was taken aback by the film’s sexual content.
While Netflix’s concerns were never confirmed nor denied, it appears that the streamer is comfortable with how the film eventually turned out, as Blonde has officially been rated NC-17, according to FilmRatings. Blonde, the first-ever NC-17 film that Netflix has produced, received the rating due to “some sexual content.”
Blonde director Andrew Dominik says an NC-17 movie about Marilyn Monroe is “what you want.”
Earlier this year, Dominik — who has already directed films such as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Killing Them Softly — addressed the film’s graphic content and essentially said that’s what a movie about Marilyn Monroe is supposed to be:
“It’s a demanding movie,” Dominik said of Blonde. “If the audience doesn’t like it, that’s the f—ing audience’s problem. It’s not running for public office. It’s an NC-17 movie about Marilyn Monroe, it’s kind of what you want, right? I want to go and see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story.”
At this time, while no official release date has been announced, Dominik is hoping that the film will make its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival. This year, Cannes Film Festival will take place in France from May 17 to May 28.
In addition to de Armas, Blonde also stars Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Julianne Nicholson, Scoot McNairy, and more.