The UK’s Daily Mail reported on Sunday that Angelina Jolie is set to star as big screen bombshell Marilyn Monroe in an upcoming film adaptation of Andrew O’Hagan’s novel “The Life And Opinions Of Maf The Dog, And Of His Friend Marilyn Monroe.”
The British paper claims the author revealed Angelina’s attachment to the film at the Edinburgh Book Festival on Saturday, as well as plans for George Clooney to play Frank Sinatra.
The reported casting came as a surprise to the Oscar winner, however, as she dismissed the reports at the UK premiere of her spy thriller “Salt.”
“It’s really funny because I have just heard about this for the first time today,” Angelina told Sky News. “It’s news to me. I’m flattered I suppose.”
O’Hagan’s novel tells the story of the two years leading up to Marilyn’s death, as seen through the eyes of her pet Maltese, Maf. The dog was a gift from Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn reportedly named the animal Mafia in a humorous reference to the blue-eyed crooner, before shortening the name to Maf.
Other actresses who had been (perhaps, “are still being”) reportedly considered for the iconic role include Scarlett Johansson, and Christina Hendricks of “Mad Men.”
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