Marilyn Monroe Estate defends Ana de Armas' Cuban accent in Blonde

Marilyn Monroe's estate is defending Ana de Armas' casting as the Hollywood icon. After fans criticised the actress' portrayal of Marilyn in the trailer for the upcoming Netflix film Blonde, the late star's estate is supporting the Deep Water star. "From what we have seen in the trailer, Ana has artfully captured the essence of Marilyn's voice," Nick Woodhouse, President of Authentic Brands Group, which owns Marilyn's estate, told in a statement. "Marilyn was known for her breathiness, which was actually a tactic taught to her by a speech therapist during her childhood to help her overcome a stutter." Marc Rosen, president of entertainment at Authentic Brands Group, told Variety that any actor who chooses to portray Marilyn "knows they have big shoes to fill" and Ana captured "Marilyn's glamour, humanity and vulnerability." The Marilyn Monroe estate's praise of Ana comes after Blonde's trailer release, during which several viewers noted that Ana's Cuban accent didn't match up with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes actress' infamous tone. Ana shared in January that she spent months working to capture Marilyn's breathy voice before starting filming on Blonde.