Judi Dench has signed on to the Marilyn Monroe semi-biopic “My Week With Marilyn” reports The Daily Mail.
The story is based on a diary by Colin Clark, a young actor who worked for Laurence Olivier when the veteran actor shepherded Marilyn Monroe around London while she shot “The Prince and the Showgirl”.
Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams are set to play Olivier and Monroe respectively, and Simon Curtis directs the project.
Dench would play actress Sybil Thorndike, a fellow Dame who played the dowager queen in the film and one of the few people on the set who understood and got on with Monroe.
Dench will start shooting her scenes on September 20th, two weeks prior to the main body of the shoot. This is being done to accommodate Dench’s commitment to James Madden’s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”.