Marilyn Monroe film to be centerpiece of NY fest

By the Associated Press | August 4, 2011 | 1:00 PM EDT

FILE - In this May 2, 2011 file photo, actress Michelle Williams arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala in New York. Williams' film "My Week With Marilyn" about an encounter between a film set assistant and Marilyn Monroe in 1956, will be the centerpiece of 49th annual New York Film Festival. The festival runs Sept. 30 - Oct. 16. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — "My Week With Marilyn," starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, will be the centerpiece of the New York Film Festival.

Simon Curtis' film is about a fleeting encounter between a film set assistant and Monroe in the summer of 1956. The young assistant, Colin Clark, was working on "The Prince and the Showgirl," which starred Monroe and Laurence Olivier. Monroe had recently married Arthur Miller.

"My Week With Marilyn" is based on Clark's diary of the week. Kenneth Branagh plays Olivier and Dougray Scott plays Miller. Eddie Redmayne stars as the 23-year-old Clark.

The film will premiere Oct. 9 at Alice Tully Hall. It's to be released by the Weinstein Company on Nov. 4.

The 49th New York Film Festival runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 16.