Cast also includes Williams, Dench, Branagh
LONDON — Julia Ormond and Dougray Scott have joined the cast of the Marilyn Monroe biopic “My Week With Marilyn.”
Ormond will play Vivien Leigh, snapping up the role after Catherine Zeta-Jones dropped out of the pic, while Scott takes on the role of playwright Arthur Miller.
Thesps join Michelle Williams, who will star as Monroe, alongside Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Dominic Cooper, Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne.
Pic, helmed by Simon Curtis, is produced by “Shakespeare in Love” producer David Parfitt through the London-based shingle Trademark Films and is financed by The Weinstein Co., BBC Films and Lipsync Productions. TWC will also distribute while BBC Films and the U.K. Film Council helped develop the project.
Adrian Hodges penned the screenplay, based on the diaries of Colin Clark, the assistant who worked with Monroe on the set of “The Prince and the Showgirl.”
Story chronicles a week in the life of Monroe in which she escapes the shackles of Hollywood life and embraces life in Blighty with Clark.
Principal photography on the pic is already underway at Pinewood Studios on location in and around London.