“Grace of Monaco” was tipped to be a strong Oscar contender in 2013 but the Weinstein Company delayed its release till this spring. Watch the first trailer for the film below.
The biopic stars Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, who left Hollywood behind in 1956 at the height of her career to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco. The film follows the pair during a crisis in their marriage in the early 1960s when the prince (played by Oscar nominee Tim Roth, “Rob Roy”) could lose his land to France.
This certainly looks like the perfect vehicle for Kidman to nab her second Best Actress trophy — it’s a biopic that combines Old Hollywood lore with European royalty.
She would be the second person in history to win for portraying a real-life Oscar winner; Cate Blanchett prevailed in the supporting race in 2004 for playing four-time Best Actress champ Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator.”
Olivier Dahan, who directed Marion Cotillard to an Oscar in 2007 for “La Vie en Rose,” helmed this picture which will be showcased as the opening night of the Cannes filmfest on May 14. The film unspools in France that day, in the UK on June 6 and later in the awards season stateside.