Three Preview Clips From My Week With Marilyn
11.07.11 by Ryan
Last month, the first trailer debuted for My Week With Marilyn, the biopic about a production assistant (Eddie Redmayne) who befriends Marilyn Monroe (played by Michelle Williams) while she shot a movie in Britain. At the time, the movie was scheduled to have opened this past weekend, but after the movie's debut at the New York Film Festival, The Weinstein Company decided to reschedule the opening weekend to November 23, just in time for Thanksgiving. The move was precipitated by the movie's warm reception at the festival.
Based on two memoirs by Colin Clark, My Week With Marilyn shows a glimpse of Monroe's life in 1957, when Monroe was working on the movie The Prince and the Showgirl, which co-starred Sir Laurence Olivier (played by Kenneth Branagh), who also directed. During the movie's production, Monroe was introduced to British life through Clark, while her then-husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller (Dougray Scott) was away.
In the first clip, Monroe surprises Clark, much to the chagrin of Milton H. Greene (Dominic Cooper), the photographer who helped form a production company with Monroe that produced The Prince and the Showgirl.
For those curious about Williams' portrayal of Monroe, the next clips see the actress in full Monroe mode as she performs Monroe's infamous number "Heat Wave".
The final clip reveals Julia Ormond as actress Vivien Leigh, who was married to Olivier at the time. In the clip, Leigh visits the set of the movie and discusses the production with Marilyn.
My Week With Marilyn was directed by Simon Curtis (A Short Stay in Switzerland). Screenwriter Adrian Hodges (David Copperfield) adapted Clark's two books, My Week With Marilyn and The Prince, The Showgirl and Me, into the movie's screenplay. Zoe Wanamaker, Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench co-star.