Michelle Williams plays Marilyn in the new movie ‘My Week with Marilyn’, which chronicles a turbulent, behind the scenes shooting of 1957 ‘The Prince and the Showgirl ‘, starring Kenneth Branagh who also directed. The screenplay comes from the late documentary filmmaker Colin Clark (son of Sir Kenneth), who was then a 23-year-old nobody on the set. Vogue writes:
It is Colin’s brief encounter with Monroe as her confidant, protector, and almost lover that gives My Week with Marilyn its tender heart. Dougray Scott stars as Monroe’s aloof husband, Arthur Miller; Dominic Cooper as her anxious business partner Milton Greene; and Zoë Wanamaker as her Svengali-like acting coach Paula Strasberg; there are stylish cameos by Simon Russell Beale, Sir Derek Jacobi, and, as Dame Sybil Thorndike, Dame Judi Dench.
With the film star and bombshell actress dead for decades, Williams turned to her biographies, diaries, letters and notes, photographs, recordings, movies of course, and even YouTube recordings.