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Naomi Watts has been tapped to star as Marilyn Monroe in a biopic based on the book Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates, which chronicled the actress’s infamous rise to stardom and steamy love life. The Australian beauty already has some experience playing the legendary blonde—she channeled one of Monroe’s most iconic style moments at the 2008 Met Gala in a white pleated Thierry Mugler halter dress, pin curls and racy red lips. The movie is set to begin filming in January 2011.