On Monday we reported that Angelina Jolie would star alongside George Clooney in a film loosely based on the latter years of Marilyn Monroe’s life. Jolie was set to play Monroe and Clooney would star as Frank Sinatra (why won’t he do a Carey Grant biopic already?). The film is called The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend, Marilyn Monroe and it’s based on the book of the same name. It was from its author Andrew O’Hagan that the casting news was announced regarding the two actors but according to The LA Times, it’s not true. Jolie won’t be going blonde anytime soon — at least as Marilyn.
The book recounts the final years of Monroe’s life taken from the perspective of her Maltese terrier, a dog that was given to her by Sinatra in 1960. Besides following the tabloid worthy events of the actresses’ life the book also covers several historical moments from the 20th century.
When news spread like wildfire that Jolie was attached to the role her people quickly shot down the reports. In a statement, Jolie’s reps said, “Angelina is NOT attached to this project.” That was blunt and straight to the point. It sounds like the author of the book may have wanted to stir up some hype for it and the film by saying the actress was involved. Sorry buddy, it didn’t work.
Are you pleasantly surprised or saddened that Jolie won’t play Monroe?