We’re still buzzing about My Week With Marilyn, the newly released film starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, a great film based on the actress’ time in London while filming The Prince and the Showgirl during the 1950s. Williams is a premier indie darling, famed for her heartbreaking (and Oscar nominated) roles in Blue Valentine and Brokeback Mountain. Toss her into any indie flick and ask her to play the hardened but sympathetic beauty, and her many admirers will eat it up. She carries herself as a serious woman with a sharp mind. She is absolutely sexy, but it’s hard to separate that sex appeal from her innocent intellect or her pixie cut and teensy frame. Reviews of her performance as Marilyn have been split between raves and criticisms, and we wonder whether another Hollywood It girl might have suited the role a bit better. Who do you think suits the role of Marilyn Monroe best?
<b>Scarlett Johansson</b><br />
If the directors were casting based on a photo, the 28-year-old actress would be the one for the job. Ever since famously posing nude on the March 2006 cover of Vanity Fair—and more recently in the leaked photos of her stepping out of the shower—the world has been fixated on her incredible curves. Very Marilyn.
<b>Christina Hendricks</b><br />
With the right colorist, Hendricks could easily transform into Monroe, and if we're being honest about Hollywood body proportions, the two are closest in size. Hendricks’ portrayal of the seductive secretary Joan Holloway on <i>Mad Men</i> is <i>Some Like it Hot</i> with a dash of jaded Manhattan-ite.
<b>Elizabeth Banks</b><br />
Banks is consistently likable as a comic on screen and revealed some serious acting chops in her portrayal of Laura Bush in Oliver Stone’s <i>W</i>. She’s a classic beauty who would have to put on some pounds for the role, but more importantly, she falls a little short in the fame department.
<b>Kirsten Dunst</b><br />
The troubled protagonist of <i>Melancholia</i> has the star power for the role, and her forte is playing a damaged damsel—but the film is set when Monroe was 30, before she’d unraveled. Last time Dunst tried to play a steady and balanced person was <i>Elizabethtown</i>, and let’s not make anyone relive that.
<b>Katherine Heigl</b><br />
Blond, full-lipped and voluptuous, she’s got the right look. But that might be about it. Heigl’s always been more of the love-to-hate-her sort of gal, which certainly matches how most women felt about Monroe—though for completely different reasons.