Last year’s announcement that Michelle William would star as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, based on the book of the same title, set off a round of “who could do it better,” including MTV’s review of actresses who have portrayed the icon in various magazine photo shoots, from Lindsay Lohan to Nicole Kidman.

With the release of the movie trailer, debates are beginning again. So far, reactions are good, with the Huffington Post declaring that, even if Williams doesn’t completely embody the look or the voice, she portrays “the desperation, fear and playfulness that made Monroe perhaps the most famous woman on the 20th century.”

The book, which was published in the UK in 2000, is being released for the first time in the U.S. as a tie-in (also on audio from Dreamscape and on OverDrive).

My Week with Marilyn
Colin Clark
Retail Price: $16.00
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Weinstein Books – (2011-10-04)
ISBN / EAN: 1602861498 / 9781602861497

Two other adaptations of books about Monroe were announced last year. Angelina Jolie was slated for an adaptation of Andrew O’Hagan’s The Life And Opinions Of Maf The Dog, And Of His Friend Marilyn Monroe (HMH, 2010) with George Clooney as Frank Sinatra.  Naomi Watts was set to play her in Blonde, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates (HarperCollins, 2000; now in trade pbk). No news since; both projects seem to be on the back burner.

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