Here’s a quick roundup of some new projects in the pipeline profiling some famous people from different walks of life. First of all, Naomi Watts is going to be taking on the role of the legendary Marilyn Monroe in Blonde from director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford), who describes the film he wants to make as “the story of Norma Jean as a central figure in a fairytale; an orphan child lost in the woods of Hollywood, being consumed by that great icon of the twentieth century.”
Lindsay Lohan, on the other hand, will star in Inferno as a screen icon of an altogether different kind – Linda Lovelace, the notorious star of Deep Throat who eventually escaped an abusive relationship and became a vigorous anti-porn activist. It’s not going to be a pornucopia movie, though, despite the fact that Lovelace was the first porn star to achieve worldwide fame. Lohan says “I think of Inferno as really a tragic love story. It’s about a woman who is essentially trafficked into her own marriage. To me, the truthfulness of it is in the ways in which the characters connect, even in very unhealthy ways, and can’t get away from each other, find themselves interlocked — that element of Linda’s story feels to me very much like real life.”
Director Matthew Wilder also says the focus won’t be on the porn. “It’s the intimate story of a marriage that was very, very toxic — and from that story, it becomes a movie about power, need, intimacy, and about fame: how we project our desires and anxieties and rages onto our superstars.”
Finally, the great Mary J. Blige is taking on the role of the legendary jazz singer Nina Simone in Cynthia Mort’s project simply entitled Nina. Simone had an incredibly distinctive style, and we’ll have to see how well Blige can capture it, since we have to assume she is going to use her real voice and not just lip-sync to Simone’s recordings.