Netflix’s Marilyn Monroe biopic officially has an NC-17 rating.
On Wednesday, Blonde, which stars Ana de Armas as pinup model and the iconic actress, was given the rare adults-only rating for “some sexual content” by the Motion Picture Association.
In February, Director Andrew Dominik predicted that the film, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, would get an NC-17, defiantly telling Screen Daily: “It’s a demanding movie. If the audience doesn’t like it, that’s the fucking audience’s problem. It’s not running for public office. It’s an NC-17 movie about Marilyn Monroe, and it’s kind of what you want. I want to go and see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story.”
The director also said Netflix “insisted” on hiring editor Jennifer Lame “to curb the excesses of the movie,” which includes a rape scene that was also in Oates’ book.
Netflix has previously streamed NC-17 movies, but Blonde seemingly marks the first movie directed by Netflix to receive the hard-core rating.
Dominik has expressed appreciation for Netflix’s support, noting, “It’s much easier to support stuff when you like it. It’s much harder when you don’t. I have nothing but gratitude for Netflix.”
Blonde co-stars Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, and Bobby Cannavale. The film was initially rumored to premiere in May but reportedly is no longer expected during the festival. If Blonde does open in theaters before moving to stream, the NC-17 label could be an obstacle for some cinemas. In any case, Netflix has not officially announced any release plan or date yet.