Angelina Jolie and George Clooney set for Marilyn Monroe film
This news last night really did surprise me, not because there's another Marilyn Monroe film on the go and that it's grabbing another leading Hollywood actress, but the pairing of actor and actress set to play two of the big Hollywood names in the film, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra.
Who's going to be playing them? Angelina Jolie and George Clooney, who else?
I say that sarcastically because they are far from the obvious choices for the characters, and they are being reported in The Guardian as definitely being in place for the roles.
The film is based on the novel by Andrew O'Hagan The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) which follows the last two years of Monroe's life through the eyes of the dog Maf which Frank Sinatra gave to Monroe.
It seems a clever device to escape too close an association with real life and of some of the stories in the book of the meetings with John F. Kennedy and her other relationships, marriage and divorce to and from Arthur Miller, and so on.
I can see George Clooney as Frank Sinatra, but Angelina Jolie as Marilyn Monroe? Well O'Hagan himself seems to confirm just that in The Telegraph, although the only statement that refers to it is the title and the byline which reads:
Author Andrew O'Hagan has said that his novel The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe will be turned into a film starring Angelina Jolie as the screen siren.
The rest of the article doesn't even mention any comment about Jolie or O'Hagan, apart from saying that despite rumours of Scarlett Johansson playing the lead, a much better choice for the part, he had suggested Christina Hendricks was getting the role, and she too seems a much closer fit too.
Personally I'm still struggling to see how they are going to beef Jolie up for the part, or perhaps they'll just leave her not looking like the sexily curvy Monroe.