Scoop: Susan Sarandon to Play Marilyn Monroe's Mom in Lifetime Miniseries

Susan Sarandon has signed on to play the mother of all bombshells in Lifetime’s upcoming Marilyn Monroe miniseries, TVLine has learned.

The Academy Award winner will portray Monroe’s mentally ill mom, whose struggle with her own demons had a profound affect on her famous daughter’s life.

Marilyn is based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s book The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe. Stephen Kronish (The Kennedys) will pen the script and Laurie Collyer (Sunlight Jr.) will direct.

The four-hour miniseries, which has not yet cast its title role, is slated to air in 2015.

Sarandon is best known for films like Dead Man Walking and Thelma & Louise, but she also has quite a bit of TV on her resume. Her most recent gigs include stints on Mike & MollyDoll & Em and The Big C.


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  1. cdhaskell says:

    My first thought when I read that Lifetime was doing a mini-series about Marilyn Monroe was another movie about the late blonde actress. What new script about Marilyn Monroe that the mini-series could focus. So the mini-series will focus on her mother mental problem and how it affect her daughter. Good luck to the future.

  2. Yolanda says:

    Great! Now please cast Amber Heard already as Marilyn. Anyone who’s seen her Guess photoshoot know she has Marilyn in her.

    • cdhaskell says:

      Amber Heard would perfect as Marilyn Monroe. I can’t wait to see how the writer will developed the relationship between mother and daughter.

      • NYC says:

        You are both crazy ..
        Though Amber Heard may be a beauty, there are way better actresses out there for the role; with actual talent and looks !
        Unless you plan on watching on mute

  3. Martina says:

    I was hoping she would be cast as Joanna & Wendy’s sister on Witches of East End

  4. Heck, Susan should be playing Monroe…she’s that spectacular, still!!!

  5. Susan Saradon will make her role come alive.

  6. Megan Hilty (Smash) would be absolutely perfect in the role of Marilyn!

  7. Cathy Joyce says:

    Loved Marilyn. I felt she had a rough go of it and was taken advantage of because of her past, her beauty, sexiness and niativity. She could not cope well as other people. I miss her, but she died young and that is the way she is remembered.