Lifetime Takes on Marilyn Monroe: Upon Which Actress Do You Wish This No-Win Scenario?

When it comes to its 2015 development slate, Lifetime prefers blondes.

The female-skewing cabler has given the green light to a miniseries about iconic Hollywood bombshell Marilyn Monroe, TVLine has confirmed.

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The project, titled 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.

So, getting back to the question posed in the headline: Who’s on your short list to play the (thankless) title role?

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  1. Ashley says:

    Looks wise, Kate Upton immediately jumped to mind.

  2. Marcus T. says:

    Rather see another bombshell, We get a Marilyn movie every 3 or 4 years

    • Good idea. I myself would love to see Lifetime do a biopic on Lana Turner starring Katherine Heigl (I’m not being sarcastic either. Heigl would be perfect as Turner!).

  3. Kari says:

    I think there are only 2 logical choices – Megan Hilty or Katherine McPhee.

  4. analog says:

    Just turn this into a tv adaptation of Bombshell the musical.

  5. Elisha Cuthbert. Though she wouldn’t deserve the inevitable backlash.

  6. K says:

    If Kate Upton could act then she’d be ideal. Out of all of the past Marilyn biopics, Poppy Montgomery looked the best.

    • Pearl says:

      Poppy did Marilyn?
      I saw her playing J.K. Rowling.
      Is she like the go-to-girl for biopics?
      Cause I just can’t seem to imagine her as Marilyn, and I do like her a lot!!

  7. K says:

    Why not a miniseries? I’m tired of the same old 90 minute condensed biopics.

  8. me says:

    We know there is really no actress that can play her as Marilyn is one of a kind.If they have to choose the closest is Christina Hendricks as she sounds,looks and has a similar body shape.Christina Hendricks could be Marilyn Monroe’s daughter.All these other desperate obsessed wannabe’s will be flocking to try out like Lindsay Lohan,Christina Aguilera,Paris Hilton,Kim Kardashian.

  9. Emma says:

    How many biopics of her do we really need? Is there really anything new at this point? Let’s make another Elvis and another Kennedy one while we’re at it, might as well beat another dead horse. Oh and another Anne Frank one! Haven’t had one of those in 5 years.

  10. Kim R says:

    Sigh. Why?

  11. Sara says:

    Since it’s Lifetime, of course it’ll be Lindsay Lohan

  12. dude says:

    Jessica Chastain has been my #1 pick to play Marilyn but Lifetime could never get her.

    • Great actress, but looks nothing like Marilyn.

      I would actually cast the star of that 10-part series “The Lottery” that Lifetime is running right now, Marley Shelton. She’s 40 years old, but looks at least a decade younger, and could fit the part perfectly. An earlier poster named Elisha Cuthbert, who’d also be a good choice.

  13. AnnieM says:

    Enough already with the Marilyn! I’d rather see a movie about Natalie Wood.

  14. Megan Hilty!!! She needs to be back on TV.

  15. Jakay says:

    Katharine McPhee, of course. Can’t act, doesn’t look a thing like Marilyn, not at all the right type. She’s perfect.

  16. Tracy says:

    Just bring back SMASH!

  17. Cheo says:

    ScarJo is the only one with both the face and body – plus the talent – to make this not end up a campy footnote.

  18. Tom says:

    Put me on the Megan Hilty bandwagon

  19. Jonna says:

    Marley Shelton or Scarlett Johansson!

  20. Sheila says:

    Ali Liebert from Bomb Girls.

  21. Chris says:

    The actress who played Judy Silver on Magic City is the closest thing I’ve seen to Marilyn, and she was good too.

  22. Christine says:

    my vote is for Megan Hilty – she did such an amazing “job” doing it on “Smash”

  23. Tim says:

    This would be pretty interesting to watch. Hope it turns out to be great.