Michelle WilliamsThe first trailer for the hotly anticipated film, My Week with Marilyn, has been released, giving us all a chance to see just how well actress Michelle Williams is able to portray one of the world's most-copied style icons: Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn is a tough act to follow, which is probably why Williams reportedly turned the role down at first, saying that Marilyn would be too difficult a role to play.

And I have to admit that when I saw photos of Michelle-as-Marilyn, I wasn't very impressed.

Once I saw the trailer, however ... well, you've just got to see it for yourself.

Here's the trailer: I'm actually surprised at what a good job Michelle does channeling Marilyn Monroe.

Her publicity photos don't really convey it, but on film, Williams clearly has carefully studied Marilyn's every mannerism. I found her to be very convincing, at least in the trailer.

In an interview with Vogue on playing Marilyn, Williams had this to say:

It felt like being reborn. It felt like breaking my body and remaking it in her image, learning how she walked and talked and held her head. None of that existed in my physical memory, and I knew I needed as much time as possible to make it part of me.

I'd say it worked!

I definitely want to see this film, which also stars Kenneth Branagh, Emma Watson, Judi Dench, and Julia Ormond, and details Marilyn's first trip to the UK. In addition to the fabulous cast, I can't wait to see all of the costumes, and if the film does well, I anticipate that we'll be seeing Marilyn Monroe-inspired clothing in stores soon. Va va voom!

What about you? Judging from the trailer, do you think Michelle Williams accurately captured the essence of Marilyn Monroe? Are you excited about seeing the movie?

 

Image via My Week With Marilyn