Lifetime Casts ‘Pan Am,’ ‘The Aviator’ Actress Kelli Garner As Marilyn Monroe In Upcoming Miniseries


"Pan Am" and "The Aviator" actress Kelli Garner is due to play Marilyn Monroe in 2015 on Lifetime network's new miniseries, "Marilyn," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Garner will star opposite Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon, who will play as Marilyn's mentally-ill mother, Gladys Baker.

The 30-year-old actress recently appeared on HBO's "Looking." She will join a long list of actresses who have played the Hollywood icon. Most recently, actress Michelle Williams earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in "My Week with Marilyn," according to the TV Guide.

The four-hour miniseries is based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's New York Times best-selling book, "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe," according to E! News.

The upcoming drama will explore Monroe's family life and how the '60's actress succeeded in hiding from the world.

Garner's Monroe was described as a woman who walked red carpets in expensive gowns, while fighting the troubles she inherited from her mentally ill mother, Gladys, whom Sarandon will play.

"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," according to the official synopsis from the network, Entertainment Weekly reported.

"She's the Marilyn you haven't seen before, the artist who, by masking the truth with an image, gives her greatest performance," Lifetime wrote.

In "Marilyn," audiences will also see how Marilyn dealt with her hatred towards her mother, whom she tried desperately saving, according to the Wrap.

Laurie Collyer, director of "Sherrybaby," is set to direct the miniseries, while "The Kennedys" writer Stephen Kronish has been tapped to pen the script.

"Marilyn" will be produced by Steven Michaels and Jonathan Koch under Asylum Entertainment, while Kronish and Kerri Selli will be executive producers, Entertainment Weekly reported.

"Marilyn" will premiere in 2015 on Lifetime.

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