Nicole Kidman Will Be Grace Kelly in 'Grace of Monaco' Period Drama
News of a coveted new script surfaced last fall in the form of Grace of Monaco, a story that follows Grace Kelly during a period in 1962 when the city-state of Monaco entered a heated dispute with France, which had grown tired of the principality being a tax haven. Now the film has finally found a leading lady as Variety reports Nicole Kidman will play the iconic Hollywood starlet, and she beat out plenty of other top actresses who were vying for the part (though no specific names were mentioned). Director Olivier Dahan (La Vie en Rose) will be bringing the script from Arash Amel (who's writing the I Am Legend sequel) to life.
For those who don't know, during a visit to the Cannes Film Festival in 1955, she was introduced to Prince Rainier of Monaco, and during a visit to America, the prince ended up proposing to her. Their royal wedding followed later the next year and Kelly quickly retired from acting. The film doesn't cover any of the time in her career leading up to the wedding, but rather is set between December 1961 and November 1962, and has Kelly as a former Oscar winner and mother of two already having spent six years as the monarch of a European nation. Then suddenly the actress found herself called upon to save Monaco from an escalating situation regarding its standing as a tax haven, with French leader Charles de Gaulle giving her husband, Monaco's Prince Rainier III, six months to reform its tax laws.
Kidman looks like she'll fit the bill rather well, and she's due for something truly great on the big screen. Since delivering a harrowing performance in Rabbit Hole in 2010 (for which she was nominated for an Academy Award), she's only been seen in the laughable thriller Trespass with Nicolas Cage and the laughless comedy Just Go With It starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. This sounds like the perfect role for the actress to get another Oscar nomination and maybe even win the statue which she previously landed in 2002 for The Hours. And considering the kind of performance Dahan got from Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose, I'd say some Oscar love is a safe bet. Sound good?