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‘Marilyn’ miniseries to be filmed in Ontario

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe, pictured in 1953's 'Niagara.'.

TORONTO — A TV miniseries about Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe will be filmed in Toronto.

Marilyn, produced for U.S. cable channel Lifetime, is based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s 2009 book The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe. It will be directed by Laurie Collyer.

Casting details have not been announced. Additional production will be completed in Los Angeles.

The miniseries is expected to chronicle Monroe’s relationships with family members as well as her personal struggles and ties to the Kennedy clan.

Monroe died in 1962 at 36. Theories about the circumstances of her death continue to flourish.

Monroe made 1953’s Niagara in Niagara Falls, Ont. and 1954’s River of No Return in Banff, Alberta.

In the 2011 miniseries The Kennedys — which was shot in Toronto and Hamilton — Monroe was portrayed by Toronto-born Rookie Blue star Charlotte Sullivan.

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The script for Marilyn was written by Stephen Kronish, who is also an executive producer of the project. He also co-wrote and executive-produced The Kennedys.

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Global News reported Tuesday that Katie Holmes is returning to Ontario early next year to reprise her The Kennedys role as Jackie Kennedy Onassis in a four-part miniseries, The Kennedys – After Camelot.

The follow-up is based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s 2012 book After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present.

The Kennedys was broadcast in Canada on History.

BELOW: Look at some of the actresses who have portrayed Marilyn Monroe on screen.

Mira Sorvino in the 1996 TV movie 'Norma Jean & Marilyn.'.
Mira Sorvino in the 1996 TV movie 'Norma Jean & Marilyn.'.
Poppy Montgomery in the 2011 miniseries 'Blonde.'.
Poppy Montgomery in the 2011 miniseries 'Blonde.'. Handout
Canadian actress Charlotte Sullivan in the 2011 miniseries 'The Kennedys.'.
Canadian actress Charlotte Sullivan in the 2011 miniseries 'The Kennedys.'. Handout
Michelle Williams in the 2011 feature film 'My Week with Marilyn.'.
Michelle Williams in the 2011 feature film 'My Week with Marilyn.'.

Shaw Media, parent company of Global News, was a production partner for 2011’s The Kennedys and owns Lifetime in Canada.

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