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Goodnight Marilyn, a feature film by Bungalow 42 Productions, launches global search for iconic lead role and hails powerful woman director

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More than 50 years after her tragic death, Marilyn Monroe is more popular than ever (14+ million Facebook fans and counting), and the truth behind her passing remains a fascinating mystery. The new feature film, Goodnight Marilyn – helmed by Drew Ann Rosenberg (Saints and Sinners, Follow the Prophet) – is searching the world to find the perfect actress to bring the legendary icon to life on the silver screen once more.

“Goodnight Marilyn isn’t just another biopic of the late star,” says Nina Boski, one of the lead producers of the film. “We are creating a unique perspective on the events of the last three days of Marilyn’s life from the point of view of a fledgling private detective. Through his story, we’ll see what may have transpired in the days leading up to that tragic night in Brentwood and get caught up in the mystery surrounding the conspirators potentially involved in her death.”

Two-time Emmy nominee casting director Rene Haynes will ignite a global search for the woman to play Marilyn Monroe. Rene has worked with industry icons from Steven Spielberg to Terrence Malick.The first round of auditioning to find Marilyn is underway, ending on June 1, which would have been Marilyn’s 89th birthday. Those looking for a shot at the part can visit http://www.goodnightmarilyn.com for guidelines and find out what Rosenberg is seeking for the role.

Both Boski and Executive Producer Todd Shotz were inspired to select a woman to direct the film and are thrilled to have Rosenberg on board. “Drew not only brings her incredible talent and perspective to the film, but also a real understanding of who Marilyn was as a woman and, more so, as a woman with power in Hollywood,” says Shotz. Adds Boski, “It’s important to remember how smart and business savvy Marilyn was, especially back in the era of old Hollywood. This was a time where women did not have production companies, and yet, in the golden age of cinema, she started her own. Bringing on Drew is also paying homage to that Marilyn and ‘Women Power’ spirit.”

Says Rosenberg, “Back in 1962, Marilyn’s time, women were pitted against each other because to have influence, they needed to be attached to a powerful man, and thus, were often in competition. Marilyn was a real ground breaker because she stood up for other woman and championed for their integrity as artists. Today, women in Hollywood are bonding together, making progress. Take for example, Patricia Arquette, whose inspiring Oscar speech calling for equality for women rallied both mega-stars, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez to cheer her on. Also, in the Director’s Guild of America, for the first time, women took four of the 10 best directing categories. This is a positive, long-time-coming trend, and it’s both exciting and empowering.”

Rosenberg brings with her award-winning cinematographer Dante Spinotti (they worked together on L.A. Confidential), who has come on board as the film’s director of photography.

For more information on the feature film, the international, live VoiceAmerica Talk Radio show and the true life investigation for Goodnight Marilyn Radio (Fridays at 10am PST), visit http://www.goodnightmarilyn.com.

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