Speaking to UK screen this afternoon at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, the producer of last years Oscar-winning hit The Kings Speech, Harvey Weinstein, said that his upcoming movie My Week With Marilyn was this years Kings Speech.
My Week with Marilyn follows American superstar, Marilyn Monroe (played by Michelle Williams), when she set foot on British soil for the first time in 1961 to spend her honeymoon with her new husband, the celebrated playwright Arthur Miller, and star in the comedy The Prince and The showgirl, which was directed by the British theatre and film legend Laurence Olivier (played by Kenneth Branagh).
Like The King’s Speech, which benefited from the sublime performances of its cast, particularly of Oscar-winner Colin Firth, My Week with Marilyns stellar cast has impressed critics and festival goers alike. Michelle Williams is virtually unrecognizable as she inhabits the character of the infamously troubled and fragile Hollywood star.
Weinstein, who is also releasing Margaret Thatchers biopic The Iron Lady next month, is not impressed by the Hollywood chatter that predicted an Oscar for its star, Meryl Streep.
Forget about the Iron Lady, he said, waving his hand dismissively.
This is it, he added, pointing his finger towards Michelle Williams, who was posing for photographers.
Harvey Weinstein, who co-chairs the Weinstein Co. with his brother Bob, is known in Hollywood for his relentless pursuits of awards for his movies and their stars. Among his Oscar success are The English Patient, the Reader, Good Will Hunting, The Lord of the Rings and Pulp Fiction.
In addition to My Week with Marilyn, Weinstein is heavily promoting the French silent movie The Artist and its stars Jean Dujardin, who won Cannes Film Festival’s Best Actor award in May.