Director Simon Curtis discusses ‘crucial’ casting of ‘My Week with Marilyn’ (Video)

My Week with Marilyn” marks the first film for helmer Simon Curtis who has a lengthy list of TV credits. He directed Judi Dench in the Emmy-winning miniseries “Cranford” in 2007 and gave Daniel Radcliffe his start in the 1999 telefilm “David Copperfield.” Now he’s brought classic film stars Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier back to life in a behind-the-scenes tale of their paring in “The Prince and the Showgirl” (1957).

Generating tremendous buzz is Best Actress contender Michelle Williams in the title role. Curtis’s other stars include Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Watson, Dominic Cooper, Julia Ormond, and he reteams with a delightful, scene-stealing Dench. “Casting was not so much difficult as crucial,” he tells Gold Derby. “We could make or break the film on that casting.”

He particularly praises Williams, who charms her way through a handful of musical numbers in the film. “Michelle, who I always knew was a phenomenal actress, I was ecastatic to find out she’s also a phenomenal singer and dancer as well,” Curtis lauded.

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