Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly? Hey, if Michelle Williams can play Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johansson can play Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel can play Vera Miles, Cate Blanchett can play Katharine Hepburn, Leonardo DiCaprio can play both J. Edgar Hoover and Howard Hughes, and Anthony Hopkins can play Richard Nixon, Alfred Hitchcock, and Odin, then Nicole Kidman can definitely play Grace Kelly. In the above photo (via Just Jared), you get a “first look” at Kidman, currently on U.S. screens in Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, on the Menton, France, set of Grace of Monaco. In the film, to come out some time in 2014, the Academy Award winner Kidman (for The Hours) plays the 1950s Hollywood star and Academy Award winner (for The Country Girl) who became princess of Monaco.
Directed by Olivier Dahan – whose La Vie en Rose earned Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf (!) a Best Actress Academy Award – Grace of Monaco revolves around an early 1960s dispute over tax laws between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III (and his princess) and France’s Charles de Gaulle. The screenplay is by Arash Amel, whose previous screenwriting credit as per the IMDb is the minor action thriller The Expatriate.
Grace of Monaco cast
In addition to Nicole Kidman, Grace of Monaco features Tim Roth as Prince Rainier III, Milo Ventimiglia as Grace Kelly’s press agent Rupert Allan (who also worked for the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood), and Parker Posey as Kelly’s lady-in-waiting and supposedly ruthless social climber Madge Tivey-Faucon.
Also: Paz Vega as Maria Callas, Geraldine Somerville as Princess Antoinette, Robert Lindsay as Aristotle Onassis, Frank Langella as prince Rainier’s chaplain and alleged Kelly-Rainer matchmaker Father Francis Tucker, and Anthony Hopkins’ competitor Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Alfred Hitchcock.
Nicole Kidman movies
Below are some notable Nicole Kidman movies of the last quarter of a century.
- Michael Jenkins’ Emerald City (1988), with John Hargreaves.
- Robert Benton’s Billy Bathgate (1991), with Dustin Hoffman.
- Ron Howard’s Far and Away (1992), with then-husband Tom Cruise.
- Harold Becker’s Malice (1993), with Alec Baldwin and Bill Pullman.
- Gus Van Sant’s To Die For (1995), with Joaquin Phoenix and Matt Dillon.
- Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever (1995), with Val Kilmer and Tommy Lee Jones.
- Jane Campion’s The Portrait of a Lady (1996), with Barbara Hershey and Martin Donovan.
- Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (1999), again with Tom Cruise.
- Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! (2001), with Ewan McGregor.
- Alejandro Amenábar’s The Others (2001), with Fionnula Flanagan and Christopher Eccleston.
- Stephen Daldry’s The Hours (2002), with Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore.
- Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain (2003), with Jude Law and Renée Zellweger.
- Lars von Trier’s Dogville (2004), with an all-star cast ranging from Harriet Andersson and Thom Hoffman to Blair Brown and none other than Lauren Bacall.
- Frank Oz’s The Stepford Wives (2004), with Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, and Glenn Close.