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CASTING WATCH: Who Should Play Grace Kelly in Upcoming Grace of Monaco?

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 26, 2011 at 8:20AM

Grace of Monaco, a spec script by Arash Amel, has been acquired by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam (through his new Stone Angel production and financing banner). Given the competitive level of interest in the script, the film about Grace Kelly, who was both Hollywood and actual royalty--will likely be gearing up sooner than later. The script looks at a six-month period of Kelly's life during 1962 when, as THR puts it, "the city-state got into a heated dispute with France, which grew tired of the petite principality being a tax haven. Kelly, still relatively new in her role as princess, maneuvered behind the scenes to save Monaco from a coup. Insiders have compared the script to King's Speech in scope and tone."
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CASTING WATCH: Who Should Play Grace Kelly in Upcoming Grace of Monaco?
Grace Kelly

Grace of Monaco, a spec script by Arash Amel, has been acquired by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam (through his new Stone Angel production and financing banner). Given the competitive level of interest in the script, the film about Grace Kelly, who was both Hollywood and actual royalty--will likely be gearing up sooner than later. The script looks at a six-month period of Kelly's life during 1962 when, as THR puts it, "the city-state got into a heated dispute with France, which grew tired of the petite principality being a tax haven. Kelly, still relatively new in her role as princess, maneuvered behind the scenes to save Monaco from a coup. Insiders have compared the script to King's Speech in scope and tone."

The question now is who will play Kelly. We cull some possibilities, below.

Kelly is probably best remembered as one of Alfred Hitchcock's ice princesses in Dial M for Murder, Rear Window and To Catch a Thief, as well as George Seaton's The Country Girl, for which she won an Oscar in 1955 (the same year she met Prince Rainier, whom she subsequently married). Casting Kelly, who was 32 at the time when the film is set, will be as tough as casting Elizabeth Taylor in Martin Scorsese' Furious Love (which has no news of late, which may indicate trouble).

Some names that we anticipate being thrown in the mix during casting conversations (these are not our recommendations) are:

Rachel McAdams, Blake Lively, Amanda Seyfried, Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson, January Jones, Diana Agron, Elizabeth Olsen, Brit Marling, Kate Bosworth, Rosamund Pike, Reese Witherspoon, Michelle Williams; [UPDATE] Diane Kruger, Charlize Theron.

Of those actresses, we might consider as real possibilities Pike, Marling, Olsen, McAdams, Kruger or Theron. In the capable-but-wrong-for-the-part category there's Williams and Mulligan, and in the please-Hollywood-you-should-know-better pool there's Lively, Seyfried, Watson, Jones, Agron and Bosworth.

Tell us what you think.

THR has more details on Kelly's career, life as a princess and her death in 1982.

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This article is related to: Genres, Headliners, CASTING WATCH, Period, Biopics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.