Emma Stars in “My Week with Marilyn”
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Today we bring you lots of information and newly released photos of Emma staring in “My Week with Marilyn”, an upcoming British drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Adrian Hodges. It stars Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Dominic Cooper, and Judi Dench alongside Emma. Based on two books by Colin Clark, it depicts the making of the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl, which starred Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier. The film focuses on the week in which Monroe spent time being escorted around Britain by Clark, after her husband, Arthur Miller, left the country.
In the summer of 1956, Colin Clark works as an assistant on the British set of The Prince and the Showgirl, which stars Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe, who is also on honeymoon with her new husband, playwright Arthur Miller. When Miller leaves the country, Clark introduces Monroe to British life and they spend a week together, during which time she escapes from her Hollywood routine and the pressures of work. Emma had been cast in the small role of wardrobe assistant, Lucy.
My Week with Marilyn is based on Colin Clark’s The Prince, The Showgirl and Me and My Week with Marilyn; two diary accounts, which explore his time on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl and the time he spent with Monroe. The screenplay has been adapted and written by Adrian Hodges. The film is directed by Simon Curtis and it is his first feature debut. David Parfitt will produce the film, which is being financed by The Weinstein Company and BBC Films.
In August 2009, Scarlett Johansson became the frontrunner to play Marilyn Monroe in the film. Kate Hudson, Amy Adams and Michelle Williams were also named as potential candidates for Monroe. Three months later, it was revealed that Williams was in talks for the role. Williams was the only actress that producers met with during casting, despite other actresses being considered for the role. More than forty actors auditioned for the role of Clark, among them was James Jagger, who began talks with producers in May 2010. In September, it was announced that Eddie Redmayne had been cast as Clark. Parfitt told the Daily Mail that finding an actor for the role had been difficult. He said “It’s a devilishly tricky part to find the right person for because Colin went to Eton, studied at Oxford and flew for the RAF.” That same month, it was also announced that Emma had been cast in the small role of wardrobe assistant, Lucy. Emma was scheduled to spend only a few days on set shooting her scenes to prevent her studies at Brown University being interrupted. Kenneth Branagh began talks with producers for the role of Laurence Olivier in July 2010 after Ralph Fiennes had to pull out to direct his adaptation of Coriolanus. Branagh was later cast in the role.
Dominic Cooper was given the role of Milton H. Greene, a photographer and Monroe’s business partner. Of Greene, Cooper said “He was quite an old man, but they had a very close relationship. I think Marilyn felt very supported by him in the beginning. But ultimately he became her agent and business partner, which is rather a lot.” Cooper filmed his scenes in between his work on Captain America: The First Avenger. Catherine Zeta-Jones was approached by executives at The Weinstein Company to appear in the film as the actress Vivian Leigh. Zeta-Jones turned down the role as she did not want to spend a week or more away from her husband, Michael Douglas, who was being treated for throat cancer. Curtis and the producers began auditioning other actresses and they later cast Julia Ormond in the role. Ormond’s casting was announced at the same time as Dougray Scott’s, who will portray Arthur Miller. Derek Jacobi was cast as Sir Owen Morshead, the royal librarian at Windsor Castle, Philip Jackson will play Marilyn’s private detective and Judi Dench will play Sybil Thorndike. Zoe Wanamaker will be Paula Strasburg, the actress’ acting consultant and Richard Clifford was cast as Richard Wattis, the actor who played a courtier in The Prince and the Showgirl. The film also stars Toby Jones, Geraldine Somerville and Simon Russell Beale. It was announced on 8 October 2010, that casting on the film had been completed.
Judi Dench filmed her scenes in September 2010 as she had to go to India to begin work on another project. Principal photography on began at the Pinewood Studios on 4 October 2010. On 7 October, White Waltham Airfield was turned into a 1950s London Heathrow Airport, to recreate the moment when Monroe arrives in Britain for filming. British Cinematographer reported the production shot at Saltwood Castle, where Clark had grown up. Filming also took place on locations in and around London. These included a house near Windsor, which Monroe and Miller lived in during their stay in England. Curtis used the same studio in which Monroe shot The Prince and the Showgirl in 1956 and Williams was given the dressing room Monroe had used at the time of the shoot. The shoot lasted for seven weeks and was completed in late November 2010.
The trailer for the film was introduced by Harvey Weinstein during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. My Week with Marilyn will have its world premiere at the 2011 New York Film Festival on 9 October, before being released on 4 November 2011 in the United States. The film will be released on 18 November 2011 in the United Kingdom.
Good luck, Emma! ♥