In a surprising twist, ‘Grace of Monaco’ is skipping a nationwide theatrical release and instead heading straight to Lifetime. The film, starring Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival but won’t be hitting theaters any time soon.
The film follows the former Hollywood actress’ life as the Princess of Monaco during a tenuous time personally and politically, as she struggles with her decision to retire from acting forever while the future of Monaco hangs in the balance. The film is set to premiere on Lifetime on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, at 8pm ET/PT, the movie also stars Tim Roth (Lie to Me, Klondike) as Prince Rainier III, Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon, Superman Returns) as Father Francis Tucker, a Catholic priest and Grace’s confidante; Parker Posey (Louie, The Good Wife) as Madge, Grace’s aide, and Paz Vega (Spanglish, Sex and Lucia) as opera singer Maria Callas.
Set in 1962, six years after her celebrated “wedding of the century,” Grace of Monaco is an intimate snapshot of a year in the life of actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly as she reconciles her past as a Hollywood darling and her present as Prince Rainier III’s wife. Yearning for a return to her acting career, Grace finds herself plunged into a personal crisis to decide the fate of her marriage while her husband is at political odds with France’s President Charles de Gaulle. With a French invasion impending for Monaco, Grace must make the difficult decision whether to stand by the side of her husband and newfound country, or return to the bright lights of Hollywood.
Grace of Monaco is executive produced by Claudia Bluemhuber (Under the Skin, The Railway Man), Uday Chopra (Mohabbatein, Dhoom), Uta Fredebeil (Under the Skin, The Railway Man) and Bill Johnson (The Grey, Jobs), with Chopra also serving as producer. Directed by Olivier Dahan (La Vie en Rose). Arash Amel (Erased) wrote and produced the screenplay.