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Michelle Williams spotted as Marilyn Monroe, more join cast

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Michelle Williams is one of those actresses who is beloved by the critical community and admired by the industry but lacks that “breakthrough” role that would catapult her back into the mainstream.

I say “back” because Williams started out in the limelight as one-fourth of the “Dawson’s Creek” ensemble, alongside Joshua Jackson, Katie Holmes and James Van Der Beek. And though she has delivered award-winning turns in films like “Brokeback Mountain,” “I’m Not There” and Scorsese’s “Shutter Island,” Williams isn’t yet a household name.

That might change once the talented actress appears as iconic bombshell Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn,” a period drama directed by Simon Curtis that is filming in England as we speak. The plot centers on Monroe’s tense relationship with Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) on the set of Olivier’s 1957 film “The Prince and the Showgirl.” The movie already has lined up Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench. This morning, Deadline reports that Julia Ormond and Dougray Scott have been added to the ensemble as Vivien Leigh and Arthur Miller, respectively.

ComingSoon also has a larger version of the official photo of Williams as Monroe. Click to see it here.

“My Week” will be in theaters in 2011.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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