Lifetime has found its Marilyn Monroe.
“Pan Am” actress Kelli Garner has been cast as the blonde bombshell on Lifetime’s biopic of the adored and troubled screen legend, Lifetime told TheWrap.
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“Marilyn,” based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s book “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe,” purports to reveal for the first time everything that the blonde bombshell was able to keep from the public. The film will portray her as both a personification of sex, whose first marriage ironically collapses because of her frigidity, and a fragile artist who seeks the approval and protection of men.
Susan Sarandon will play Gladys, Marilyn’s mentally ill mother whom she loves, hates and wants desperately to save.
Produced by Asylum Entertainment, “Marilyn” will be executive produced by Jonathan Koch, Steve Michaels, Keri Selig and Stephen Kronish. It is written by Kronish and will be directed by Laurie Collyer.
Garner, best known for her roles in “Lars and the Real Girl” and “Going the Distance,” also had a series regular role on ABC’s short-lived “Pan Am” opposite Margot Robbie.
Gersh and John Carrabino represent Garner.