There is a new trailer for Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco, that would appear to give us a better idea of what the film is actually about, and what it is not.
The trailer would have us believe that the film is not just a pastiche of Nicole Kidman posing in beautiful period costumes and doing an impression of Princess Grace, (a role for which Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Rosamund Pike, Amy Adams, January Jones -really?- and Elizabeth Banks were among those considered) but it is about what the official synopsis has always told us:
The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly’s crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.
Set in 1962, six years after the fairy tale wedding (which set the standard for televised fairy tale weddings) as Grace née Kelly struggled to reconcile a longing to return to the big screen, thanks to tempting offers from the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, with her role as a monarch of a European principality as well as wife to a Prince and mother to two small children.
Add to this Rainier’s modernization of an ailing Monaco was being thwarted by French premier Charles de Gaulle who wanted to impose French taxation on Monaco, and reclaim the principality for France, by force if necessary.
That sounds a lot heavier than your average biopic about a beloved style-icon. Take a look:
Back in January, I mentioned that Grace of Monaco had, after Harvey Weinstein’s controversial move to pull it from The Weinstein Company schedule (after having moved it from 2013 awards contention to March 2014), leaving everyone to speculate about just how awful it must be, Variety announced that the film will open the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival.
Grace of Monaco has a script by Arash Amel (Erased with Aaron Eckhart) which landed on the 2011 Hollywood Black List. It also stars Tim Roth as Prince Rainier, Frank Langella, Derek Jacobi, Nicholas Farrell, Parker Posey, and Paz Vega (as Maria Callas!) among others. The film has supposedly firm release dates scheduled for Europe, including the UK in June. With this new trailer, can a domestic date be far behind, or will Harvey wait to see what the response is when it bows at Cannes?