The Weinstein Company will release “Grace of Monaco” on Dec. 27, 2013. Starring Nicole Kidman, the film will hit theaters just in time for next year’s Oscar race.
The Grace Kelly biopic is directed by Olivier Dahan (“La Vie En Rose”) with a screenplay by Arash Amel (“Erased”). Pierre-Ange Le Pogam of Stone Angels is producing with YRF Entertainment’s Amel and Uday Chopra.
Commenting on the deal, director Dahan said, “It has been a wonderful experience to be working with Nicole, Tim, Frank, and the whole group. I am very happy now to share the experience with Monsieur Weinstein and the whole team at TWC. This is exciting.”
“More than thirty years after her death, Grace Kelly’s story continues to be one of insurmountable allure, and we are so happy Olivier Dahan has brought it new life,” commented TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein. “As always, Nicole Kidman’s commanding performance is the perfect portrait of a woman who was not only royalty, but who also remains a legend of the silver screen and a fashion icon.”
I must admit, Nicole Kidman does not immediately come to mind when I think of an actress to portray the legendary film icon and princess. But Kidman, who’s often underrated and accused of being chilly, actually has an extraordinary range. Her Oscar performance in 2002’s “The Hours” is worlds apart from the swamp Barbie she played in last year’s Lee Daniels film “The Paperboy,” and I think she will surprise audiences as Grace Kelly, as well.
And no one has a better Oscar sense than Harvey Weinstein, who scored big in recent years with “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist.”
I was at the New York premiere of “La Vie En Rose” at the annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center a few years back, and when I saw Dahan and Weintein in a huddle at the film’s after-party, I was sure they were dreaming up some joint project.
This has now materialized in “Grace of Monaco,” which we can count on being in the thick of next year’s Oscar race.