Grace of Monaco is a drama that tells the story of Grace Kelly, a one-time huge Hollywood actress from films such as To Catch a Thief and Rear Window who left acting behind when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco. The film is focused on her time in Monaco during the 60s, and her involvement in a dispute over tax laws at that time.
Not much else is known about the film at this point, other than that Nicole Kidman will be playing Princess Grace.
Grace of Monaco comes from director Olivier Dahan, and from a screenplay by Arash Amel, who is the writer of Erased, which I previewed yesterday. Dahan has a little experience, but nothing even remotely to this level before. This is a big shot for him. If he can’t get a good performance out of Nicole Kidman in a film with this amount of potential, he probably won’t be much of a director.
December 27, 2013.
Nicole Kidman … Grace Kelly
Tim Roth … Prince Rainier III
Milo Ventimiglia … Rupert Allan
Paz Vega … Maria Callas
Frank Langella … Father Francis Tucker
Parker Posey … Madge Tivey-Faucon
Derek Jacobi … Count Fernando D’Aillieres
Geraldine Somerville … Princess Antoinette
Nicholas Farrell … Jean-Charles Rey
Robert Lindsay … Aristotle Onassis
Olivier Rabourdin … Emile Pelletier
Roger Ashton-Griffiths … Alfred Hitchcock
Jeanne Balibar … Countess Baciocchi
Yves Jacques … M. Delavenne
Flora Nicholson … Phyllis Blum
Grace of Monaco is clearly designed to be an Oscar film. It stars Nicole Kidman, who has some serious acting chops, as well as Tim Roth, who is awesome as shit. Also, it comes out RIGHT at the end of the year, which is clearly so it’ll be out just in time for Awards season. It could be a big film for the critics.
I don’t have anything bad to say right now, though I will suggest caution. Both the writer and director have little experience at this level.
I think Grace of Monaco is going to get a lot of publicity, as Princess Grace is a legend, and she hasn’t really been portrayed in this high level a project in a long time. I imagine it’ll do very well for the various academies as well, and if it gets enough wins it’ll make some decent money.