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Grace Kelly To Get 'The King's Speech' Treatment In Upcoming Film

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 26, 2011 3:24 AM
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While we’re still unclear about which war Grace Kelly ended, producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam is moving ahead with a “The King’s Speech”-esque “not-a-biopic” biopic about the Oscar-winning actress-turned-Princess of Monaco. The movie will focus on the six-month period in 1962 when the city-state of Monaco got into a heated dispute with France, which had grown tired of the small principality being a tax haven. Kelly maneuvered behind the scenes to save Monaco from a coup.

In light of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests, this may not be the best time to mount a “rich people avoiding taxes” movie. Then again, people love Grace Kelly, and the upcoming Oscar march of “The Artist” reminds us how much affection audiences have for the Hollywood of yesteryear, of which Kelly was a huge part, acting in the Alfred Hitchcock classics “Dial M for Murder,” “Rear Window,” and “To Catch a Thief,” as well as the Western/blacklisting allegory “High Noon,” a film that John Wayne—the Duke himself—called “the most un-American thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life,” a comment that might give Kelly some Occupy Wall Street-cred after all.

Pierre-Ange Le Pogam beat various competitors to win the script, and interested filmmakers are already circling the project. Le Pogam’s previous producing credits range from “Tell No One” to “Columbiana,” so it will be interesting to see where this film will fall in his oeuvre.

Even less encouraging are the credits of the film’s screenwriter, Arash Amel, who also wrote "The Expatriate," a thriller starring Aaron Eckhart and Olga Kurylenko that comes out in 2012, and an untitled action thriller, which he recently sold to Summit. This is a potential Oscar-bait picture, but Amel seems more Akiva Goldsman than Steve Zaillian. Certainly, though, Goldsman has that “A Beautiful Mind” Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar to help keep him warm at night and (try to) silence the haters.

We’re apprehensive about the dramatic tension of “Grace Kelly as diplomatic H&R Block employee,” but like always, it will come down to the quality of the script, and what director and actress attach themselves to the project. We’re certainly curious to see the casting speculation on the Kelly role begin. Just get Michelle Williams, right?

Take a listen to Piebald’s “Grace Kelly With Wings”—which we’re assuming will be featured in the film’s first trailer—below. [THR] --Ryan Sartor

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5 Comments

  • Colleen | October 30, 2011 5:17 AMReply

    Very insightful and well written article

  • Teddy | October 27, 2011 1:12 AMReply

    @Tyler Kerry- the fact that you used Blake Lively and Oscar in the same comment proves your complete lack of logic. And Kat Dennings, really? Are you going for Grace Kelly's unattractive and slightly less talented step-sister? No. None of the women you suggested, minus ERW would even be worthwhile. ERW could do the role justice and she certainly has a chameleon-like quality to her appearance.

    Watts is a decent choice, but she's in her 40's and Kelly was 33 in 1962. I wouldn't bet on Watts pulling it off. Plus, she's kind of bore.

    I could see a relatively unknown actress who looks something like Kelly to be cast. Risky, but worthwhile. I would suggest Amber Heard based on physical appearance alone but she is kind of a shitty actress (thus far), so she would really have to impress the director/the rest of the world before she is considered.

  • rodie | October 26, 2011 11:19 AMReply

    Gwyneth Paltrow has this locked up I think. Not that that's necessarily the best thing.

  • ojie imoloame | October 26, 2011 4:50 AMReply

    Naomi Watts, there is a matching resemblance

  • Tyler Kerry | October 26, 2011 3:41 AMReply

    Kat Dennings, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester or Evan Rachel Wood as Grace Kelly

    It’s a phenomenal story and a slam-dunk Oscar for whoever plays Grace Kelly.

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