Princess Grace of Monaco biopic – Grace of Monaco – starring Nicole Kidman, has been pulled from release in the US by its distributor The Weinstein Co.
The company has given no explanation for its decision to hold back the film, which was due out on March 14.
Grace of Monaco original November release was delayed because it was deemed not ready for cinema screens.
Director Olivier Dahan has previously claimed that he was at odds with Harvey Weinstein over the final cut.
In his interview with French newspaper
Liberation, translated and reproduced in The Guardian, Olivier Dahan said: “What’s complicated at the moment is ensuring that you, the critics, can review my version of the film and not that of somebody else. “It’s not over yet. I haven’t given up.”
Grace of Monaco original November release was delayed because it was deemed not ready for cinema screens
The Weinstein Co. has not responded to Olivier Dahan’s claims.
The film-maker’s previous work includes Edith Piaf biopic
La Vie En Rose, which won Marion Cotillard a best actress statuette at the Academy Awards.
The original November release date was put in place so the film would be eligible for the Oscars.
The script of
Grace of Monaco has been criticized by the Monaco royal family, who said it contained “major historical untruths and a series of purely fictional scenes”. “The Princely family wishes to emphasize that this film is by no means a biopic,” the Monaco royal family statement added.
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Prince Albert II of Monaco has criticized the upcoming Hollywood film Grace of Monaco about his late mother, Grace Kelly, saying it is historically inaccurate.
Prince Albert and his sisters released a statement after producers told a French magazine the Palace had supported the film, starring Nicole Kidman.
The Palace said the film contained “major historical untruths and a series of purely fictional scenes”.
The film, titled
Grace of Monaco, is due for release next year. “The Princely family wishes to emphasize that this film is by no means a biopic,” the statement said. “It recounts one rewritten and needlessly <<glamorized>> page in the history of the Principality of Monaco and its family.”
The film follows the High Society actress in 1962 after she married Prince Rainier III, becoming Princess Grace.
It is said to focus on a six-month period when Monaco was in a heated tax dispute with France and director Alfred Hitchcock offered the former actress a chance to return to acting.
Prince Albert II of Monaco has criticized the upcoming Hollywood film Grace of Monaco about his late mother, Grace Kelly, saying it is historically inaccurate
The Palace said it had been “surprised” when it received the script for the film, as it had “in no way been associated with this project”.
It added it had submitted to producers a number of requests for changes, however they were not all taken into consideration.
“The Palace of Monaco cannot accept that the producers of this film imply they have received Their Highnesses’ support in any way whatsoever, since this is not the case,” the statement concluded.
The film’s producer, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, told AFP the production was meant to be a work of fiction.
“The palace was aware of the script and made requests for changes. We took most of their remarks into account, but not all,” he said. “The film is not intended to tell the true story of the principality,” he added. Nicole Kidman is taking on one of the most high-profile roles of her career in forthcoming drama, Grace of Monaco.
The actress was pictured for the first time on set Tuesday, making every effort to emulate the regal Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco.
Nicole Kidman, who is currently filming the movie in Menton, France, was styled in a pale yellow tent coat, strings of pearls adorning her collar.
Her cropped blonde locks were swept up into soft curls, mimicking the late Hollywood actress’ famous hairstyle.
Accompanied by an assistant, Nicole Kidman was shielded from the sun by an umbrella on her way to set.
Nicole Kidman is taking on one of the most high-profile roles of her career in forthcoming drama, Grace of Monaco
Assistants were later seen wrapping her locks in a polka-dot headscarf, and sliding winged sunglasses onto her face, making for a trademark look often worn by the late Hollywood star.
Grace of Monaco, which recently began lensing, tells the story of Grace Kelly’s involvement with Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle dispute over tax laws in the early 1960s.
La Vie en Rose director Olivier Dahn, and with a reported $30 million budget, the film co-stars Tim Roth, Parker Posey, and Milo Ventimiglia. Grace of Monaco is scheduled for release in 2014.
Nicole Kidman recently opened up about the conflicting aspects of her personality, revealing to
Harper’s Bazaar she’s only recently become more comfortable in front of the camera. “I was shy. Deeply shy,” she said of her early career, then married to Tom Cruise. “I didn’t feel comfortable at all. But I felt very comfortable at home.”
Things have changed somewhat, however, since she’s moved on with her husband, country music star Keith Urban.
“All of that other stuff becomes less important [as you get older],” she said.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, who married in 2006, share two daughters, Sunday and Faith.
Grace Kelly is one of the silver screen’s greatest icons.
But it seems Nicole Kidman will be able to pull off the difficult task of playing her in a new Grace Kelly biopic.
Nicole Kidman, 45, looks sensational in a portrait where she has the Princess of Monaco’s glamorous style down to perfection.
The Australian actress wears the Oscar-winning star’s swept back hairstyle, and a classically elegant gown in the image from Grace of Monaco.
And Nicole Kidman should have the acting chops to pull of such a difficult role too, as she won an Academy Award herself for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in 2002’s
Nicole Kidman looks sensational in a portrait where she has the Princess of Monaco’s glamorous style down to perfection
The film is not quite a classic biopic however, as it follows Grace Kelly’s personal story during an intriguing time in the principality’s history in 1962.
It focuses on a six-month period in which the new Princess of Monaco maneuvered behind the scenes in an effort to save the city-state from a coup.
It has a heavyweight cast which includes Tim Roth, Parker Posey, and Milo Ventimiglia, and is directed by
La Vie en Rose favorite Olivier Dahn.
Nicole Kidman’s classically elegant look is certainly a million miles away from her appearance in
The Paperboy, which has just been released in cinemas.
She plays wild character Charlotte Bless, which follows a reporter [Matthew McConaughey] and his younger brother [Zac Efron] as they investigate a murder to exonerate a man on death row.
Nicole Kidman ends up urinating on Zac Efron after his character has an encounter with a jellyfish, and also participates in some sex scenes.