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My Week with Marilyn

Posted in - general discussion, laurence olivier, vivien leigh on October 2nd 2010 13 Comments

By now you’ve probably all heard about the upcoming film My Week with Marilyn, which is based on the book by Colin Clark, and recounts a week during the filming of the 1956 film The Prince and the Showgirl, directed by Laurence Olivier and starring Larry and Marilyn Monroe. My Week with Marilyn the book is actually a supplement to Clark’s other book The Prince, The Showgirl, and Me, which chronicled Clark’s experience working as an assistant to Olivier on the film.

Colin Clark was fairly close to Olivier and Vivien Leigh as his father, famous art historian Kenneth Clark, was good friends with the famous couple. His books have some interesting insight into the Oliviers’ relationship, as well as how they both viewed Marilyn. Larry, who was very excited to work with the blonde bombshell, quickly found her extremely difficult and didn’t have very nice things to say about directing or acting opposite the troubled sex symbol.

So far, the cast includes the following people:

* Kenneth Brannagh as Laurence Olivier
* Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe
* Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark
* Judy Dench as Sybil Thorndike
* Emma Watson as a script girl

But there’s one part that has yet to be cast: Vivien Leigh! Apparently Catherine Zeta-Jones was tipped to play Vivien but pulled out to spend time with her husband Michael Douglas who has cancer.

I know it’s a relatively small part, but I really think casting Vivien is going to be the bane of this film’s existence, precisely because I don’t think there is anyone in Hollywood today who even comes close to embodying Vivien’s beauty or elegance. CZJ might have been okay if they gave her some light contacts and put her on a bit of a diet (not that she’s by any means fat, but she is pretty curvy whereas Vivien was very petite). But now that Catherine is out, I don’t know who they’d possibly get. As Vivien is my favorite actress and one of my favorite “historical” figures, I think I’d pay special attention to her character in this film, and might be extra critical of the person playing her (not to mention Kenneth Branagh as Larry…).

Who do you think would make a good Vivien Leigh?

As of now (13) people have had something to say...

  • Brett - Reply

    October 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I think it’s a foregone conclusion that they’re not going too much for lookalikes.

  • Sari - Reply

    October 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    No idea. I’ve been thinking about it since I heard about it and I can’t think of a single person to play Vivien. =/

  • Jenna - Reply

    October 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    They also considered CJZ to play Hedy Lamarr in the upcoming biopic about the actress. But CJZ said she was too old to play the young Lamarr and now running out of choices they even think of Megan Fox!!! Hope the same thing won’t happen to Vivien. I cant think of any actress that petite and classy-looking to play her. I would prefer an unknown european actress with the same dark beauty.

  • Casee - Reply

    October 3, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Big productions of true stories are always frustrating because they go for popularity over accuracy. I so can’t see Kenneth Branagh as Larry, but I’ve heard some stellar things about his acting. Michelle Williams might be able to pull off Marilyn, and then there’s Judi Dench, Eddie Redmayne and Dominic Cooper – some damn fine actors, all. As for Viv, gosh. Nobody can play her! I can’t even see CZJ, much as I like her acting.

  • Mimi - Reply

    October 3, 2010 at 7:09 am

    I’d also prefer an unfamiliar face in the role… :)

  • Marina72 - Reply

    October 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    How about Kristin Scott-Thomas?

  • Sylvia Kodis - Reply

    October 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Actually, Kenneth Branagh doesn’t impress me much, he is nowhere near as good looking as Larry! As far as Vivien, I’ve been thinking who could possibly play her, and absolutely no one comes to mind. I agree they should go with a unknown actress.

  • DearMrGable - Reply

    October 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I think they’d be better off finding an unknown for Vivien. CZJ is gorgeous, sure, but in more of a sexpot way, whereas Vivien was gorgeous in more of a ladylike way.

    Did you ever see the absolutely horrific “Gable and Lombard”? Morgan Brittany was Vivien and she was, in a word, plain. The part wasn’t big at all but still they could have done better. Well that film is a giant hot mess anyway so who would expect accuracy.

    Michelle Williams doesn’t have enough sultry to pull off Marilyn. There is another film they are making about Marilyn and Naomi Watts is attached. Think she is better suited.

  • Tatiana - Reply

    October 5, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Jennifer Love Hewitt! Haha. JK of course. I agree with Jenna, hopefully they pick an unknown actress.

    • Kendra - Reply

      October 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm

      HAHA, Tati! I just made the “errrr” look at my computer!

  • Emily - Reply

    October 14, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I think that if a film were to be made about Vivien’s younger days Emily Blunt would be great! Someone needs to start writing now!!! lol

  • CS - Reply

    October 23, 2010 at 2:58 am

    I think Amy Louise Acker. She has a strong resemblance to Vivien.

  • Britt - Reply

    November 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    They picked Julie Ormond. Eh, whatever. Personally, I think Helen Mirren would have been a good choice =)

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