Nicole Kidman's role of a lifetime

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 May 2014
Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman knew she wanted the lead role in 'Grace of Monaco' from the minute she read the script

Nicole Kidman felt taking the lead role in 'Grace of Monaco' was a "chance of a lifetime".

The 46-year-old actress knew immediately she wanted to play late actress Grace Kelly after reading the script and hopes she has done justice to her memory.

She said: "I think [Princess Grace] had such other-worldly qualities.

"She had an aura about her that was bigger than life. I don't know if I'm able to capture that, but I was honoured to have the chance to. We'll see."

The film's director, Olivier Dahan, feels Nicole doesn't just play Grace in the movie, he thinks "she is Grace Kelly", and the actress insists there is a "fairytale" aspect to the movie, which is why it isn't a straightforward biopic.

She added in an interview with Britain's HELLO! magazine: "The film focuses on the six-month period of Princess Grace's life when she gave up a flourishing career in Hollywood to marry a real prince, Prince Rainier of Monaco. It's not a heavy drama. It's got beautiful costumes. It's sumptuous."

Grace of Monaco

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • Belgium, Italy, France, Monaco, US
  • 1h 43min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Olivier Dahan
  • Cast: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Parker Posey
  • UK release: 6 June 2014

The tale of the transformation of Hollywood star Grace Kelly (Kidman) into a princess of Monaco, and her ensuing clashes with Hitchcock (Griffiths) and de Gaulle (Penvern). Possibly thanks to executive meddling during the edit, it's a confused and flyweight piece with little emotional depth.

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