The Weinstein Company just released the latest promotional shot from My Week with Marilyn, one of two Marilyn Monroe biopics, this one starring Michelle Willams. (We haven’t heard much about Naomi Watts‘ movie Blonde in the past few months.) It’s pretty bad Photoshopping, but it still gives us the gist of the plot: Set assistant Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) helps Marilyn escape from her hectic movie-star life for a few days, including the attentions of her new husband Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott) and her co-star Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh).
The movie is based on two of Clark’s books, one detailing the on-set experiences for Marilyn and Laurence’s movie The Prince and the Showgirl, and one that wasn’t published until much later, called My Week with Marilyn. Here’s the official synopsis:
In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller (Dougray Scott).
Nearly 40 years on, his diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and Me was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as My Week with Marilyn – this is the story of that week. When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.
Because it’s Eddie Redmayne, we’re tempted to say there might be some flirtation between Colin and Marilyn, but what would really make this film shine would be if it weren’t about yet another lover of Marilyn Monroe — but rather, about how Marilyn struggled with her fame and sought moments of respite like this.
My Week with Marilyn is set to be released in theaters on November 4, but it will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 9.