A star has finally been chosen to lead the Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco. Variety reports that Nicole Kidman beat out a number of top actresses to take on the coveted role of the gorgeous starlet. La Vie en Rose director Olivier Dahan is onboard to helm Grace of Monaco, and the pic will take place between December 1961 and November 1962, when Kelly maneuvered behind the scenes as Princess of Monaco to save her nation from political turmoil. For those unaware, Kelly only starred in a handful of films before she retired from acting to serve as Monaco’s monarch alongside Prince Rainier III, but she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in The Country Girl and had a memorable turn in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Also, she was incredibly beautiful. Hit the jump for more.
Variety notes that the script for Grace of Monaco is already “generating awards buzz,” but I’d say that’s a tad premature. However, the Academy loves them some biopic performances, so Kidman has a decent shot at another Best Actress nomination at the least. The actress hasn’t officially closed her deal to star just yet, but she’s in advanced negotiations to topline the pic.
I think Kidman’s a great talent and a fine choice to take on the Grace Kelly role. She’s certainly got the look down, and I’m eager to see her portray Kelly during one of the most pivotal periods in her life. Kidman next stars in Lee Daniels’ drama The Paperboy and Oldboy director Chan-wook Park’s English-language debut, the horror/drama Stoker. She’s also attached to star opposite Colin Firth in The Railway Man, but there’s no word on which project she’ll shoot first.