Jessica Chastain talks playing Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde'

While Chastain turned down rumours over her being in the next season of True Detective, she did talk (and confirm) that she’ll be playing Marilyn Monroe for Andrew Dominik in the movie long-gestating project “Blonde.”

“Listen, with that project, I love Andrew Dominik. I think he’s an incredible filmmaker and artist,” she said. “He has his own different, unique voice. I wasn’t interested in, and I’m not interested in, making a Marilyn Monroe biopic, because I feel like we’ve had so many of those and so many people are fantastic and it’s not a competition, you know what I mean?

It was not exciting to me. So I read Joyce Carol Oates’ book, 'Blonde,' and what surprised me is that it’s not a biography. It’s actually a work of fiction. And I found it to be a great feminist novel, because it takes the archetype of the blonde, as represented by Marilyn Monroe, and we see what society does [with] her and what the film industry in particular does with her, and how she’s devoured up. And I think in a day and age where we’re fighting to have female voices in cinema and perspectives of women [in] a film industry dominated by male voices, it’s a good story to tell.”

That one is a ways off, but we’ll see Chastain later this year in Ned Benson's The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and J.C. Chandor’s ‘80s-set crime drama “A Most Violent Year.”