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Lifetime finds its Marilyn Monroe

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Kelli Garner
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Lifetime has found its Marilyn in Pan Am and The Aviator actress Kelli Garner.

EW has confirmed that Garner will star as Marilyn Monroe in the network’s upcoming four-hour miniseries about the Hollywood icon. Based on The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli, Marilyn also stars Susan Sarandon as Monroe’s mentally ill mother with whom she has a rather complicated relationship. According to Lifetime, the miniseries will reveal “what the iconic superstar succeeded in hiding from an all-too-invasive world.

Here’s the official synopsis from the network: “Marilyn is both the personification of sex, whose first marriage ironically collapses because of her frigidity, and a fragile artist who seeks the approval and protection of men. But after tumultuous marriages with Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, she realizes she has the strength to stand on her own.  She becomes the Face and Voice of an era, yet wants most of all to be someone’s mother and someone’s little girl. She’s the Marilyn you haven’t seen before, the artist who, by masking the truth with an image, gives her greatest performance.”

Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby) will direct, with The Kennedys scribe Stephen Kronish on board to pen the script. Steven Michaels and Jonathan Koch will executive produce with their Asylum Entertainment. Kronish and Keri Seli will also executive produce.

Marilyn is slated to premiere next year.