Kenneth Branagh May Play Laurence Olivier Opposite Michelle Williams

By Katey Rich 2010-07-21 09:09:35discussion comments
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Production Weekly first brought us the news last December that Michelle Williams might play Marilyn Monroe in the film My Week with Marilyn, and now they're at it again, with reports (via JoBlo) that Kenneth Branagh is in talks to start opposite Williams as Sir Laurence Olivier.

Monroe and Olivier are iconic actors from a similar time period who practically seemed to exist on separate planets, but the two co-starred in 1957's The Prince and the Showgirl, which Olivier also directed. The actor reportedly loathed Monroe, but the film My Week With Marilyn is told from the point of view of Colin Clark, Olivier's young assistant who was charged with looking after Monroe during the shoot. So while Branagh and Williams may seem like an odd pair, that's kind of the point-- Olivier was 50 during the shoot, and way too old for Monroe as a romantic match.

Branagh's participation in the film will likely depend more than anything on Thor, which is still shooting and will require plenty of his time in the post-production process. It's hard to imagine him being able to make the time any time within the next year, but it's also hard to imagine anyone better suited to play Olivier, so maybe the production can hold out for him anyway.
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