Lifetime is all about their biopics and biographical mini-series (see Aaliyah and Whitney Houston), they are now in the casting phase for their Marilyn Monroe mini-series set to debut in 2015, and they have found their Marilyn Monroe in Kelli Garner. Kelli will be playing the original sex symbol, throughout her life as a star up until her mysterious death, in a four part mini-series based on J. Randy Taraborelli’s book “The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe“. Click after the heartbeat to learn more…
Entertainment Weekly Reports:
Lifetime has found its Marilyn in Pan Am and The Aviator actress Kelli Garner.
EW has confirmed that Garner will star as Marilyn Monroe in the network’s upcoming four-hour miniseries about the Hollywood icon. Based on The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli, Marilyn also stars Susan Sarandon as Monroe’s mentally ill mother with whom she has a rather complicated relationship. According to Lifetime, the miniseries will reveal “what the iconic superstar succeeded in hiding from an all-too-invasive world.
Here’s the official synopsis from the network: “Marilyn is both the personification of sex, whose first marriage ironically collapses because of her frigidity, and a fragile artist who seeks the approval and protection of men. But after tumultuous marriages with Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, she realizes she has the strength to stand on her own. She becomes the Face and Voice of an era, yet wants most of all to be someone’s mother and someone’s little girl. She’s the Marilyn you haven’t seen before, the artist who, by masking the truth with an image, gives her greatest performance.”
Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby) will direct, with The Kennedys scribe Stephen Kronish on board to pen the script. Steven Michaels and Jonathan Koch will executive produce with their Asylum Entertainment. Kronish and Keri Seli will also executive produce.
Marilyn is slated to premiere next year.
Marilyn is iconic and there has yet to be a great biography done of her entire life, that fully explored everything about her. In the 36 years she was alive, she did more than most people will ever do, and generated more controversy than her contemporaries. The nude photo leaks of the starlets today are nothing compared to the exploits of Marilyn Monroe. From a Playboy photo shoot, to rumored affairs with both Bobby Kennedy and JFK, she was known as much for her movies as she was her sex life. So hopefully in this mini-series Lifetime can truly explore the woman we all came to know as Marilyn Monroe.