The final six months of Marilyn Monroe’s life will be turned into a BBC TV series. The “ambitious” show will explore “big themes such as power, love, loyalty and politics”, including the actress’ relationship with US President John F Kennedy.
It is not known who has been cast as the icon. Previous actresses to play her include Michelle Williams, Gemma Arterton and Ashley Judd.
Monroe’s death in 1962, a result of an overdose of sleeping pills, has attracted a lot of controversy and conspiracy theories, with some claiming that she was murdered. No evidence of foul play was ever found.
BBC Studios is developing the series with Dan Sefton who said that he is “thrilled… to bring this incredible true story to the screen”. The drama is inspired by Keith Badman’s 2010 book The Final Years of Marilyn Monroe.
“Marilyn’s desire to be taken seriously as an actress and her battle with the powerful men who control the studio system is sadly as relevant today as it ever was,” said Sefton.
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