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Cannes Selects Opening Night Film: 'Grace of Monaco,' Starring Nicole Kidman

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 24, 2014 at 11:20AM

Olivier Dahan's Grace Kelly biopic "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman, is set to open the 67th Cannes Film Festival on May 14.
Nicole Kidman in 'Grace of Monaco'
Nicole Kidman in 'Grace of Monaco'

UPDATE: The Weinstein Company has taken "Grace of Monaco" off their release calendar -- it was originally supposed to hit theaters in March, but that has changed with the news that the film will open Cannes 2014.

EARLIER: Olivier Dahan's Grace Kelly biopic "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman, is set to open the 67th Cannes Film Festival on May 14.

The film, which has stateside distribution with the Weinstein Company, was originally slated to hit US theaters in time for the current Oscar season, but was pushed back until this spring. Last we heard Dahan was tussling with Weinstein over final edit.

Here's the official synopsis:

The film portrays a period in the life of American Actress Grace Kelly (played by Nicole Kidman) who became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth) in 1956, in what was dubbed “the marriage of the century”. An Oscar winner, she was already a huge film star, having worked with the very greatest (John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Fred Zinnemann) and acclaimed the world over. Six years later, amid occasional difficulties in fulfilling her role, she was invited back to Hollywood by Alfred Hitchcock, to play in his new film Marnie. At the time, France was threatening to tax and even annex Monaco, the tiny Principality whose monarch Kelly had become. Was she still an actress? Was she really Princess of Monaco?

This article is related to: Festivals, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, Nicole Kidman, Nicole Kidman, Grace of Monaco

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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.