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Heath Ledger's ex to play Monroe

india Updated: Dec 05, 2009 17:07 IST

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Actress Michelle Williams, the ex-fiance of actor Heath Ledger has beat off competition from Scarlett Johannson and Lindsay Lohan to take on the role of Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe.



The

Brokeback Mountain

star who is bringing up her three-year-old daughter with Ledger, Mathilda Rose, has been chosen to play the blonde pin-up in the new movie

My Week With Marilyn

, reported

Daily Mail

online. Director Simon Curtis and producer David Parfitt picked the 29-year-old to play Monroe, but are still waiting for the Oscar-nominated star to agree.



The film will document Monroe's time filming the 1957 movie

The Prince and The Showgirl

with Laurence Olivier and is based on a diary kept by the film's assistant director Colin Clarke.



My Week With Marilyn

is due to begin shooting in London in June next year.