Angelina Jolie NOT to play Marilyn Monroe

American actress Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of Salt at Empire, Leicester Square in London on August 16, 2010.   UPI/Rune Hellestad Photo via Newscom

Angelina Jolie has dismissed reports that she is poised to play iconic American actress Marilyn Monroe in a forthcoming blockbuster.

The Oscar-winning actress told Sky News the speculation is wide of the mark, as she appeared at the premiere of her new spy thriller Salt.

“It’s really funny because I have just heard about this for the first time today,” she said.

“It’s news to me. I’m flattered I suppose.”

Jolie’s latest action movie took £20m on its debut weekend in the US and looks set to do well in Europe.