Battle of the Princesses: Nicole Kidman’s Grace Of Monaco creates buzz with new trailer as friend Naomi Watts gets slayed by critics for Diana movie
Just as her good friend Naomi Watts, 44, is getting bashed for her big-screen portrayal of Princess Diana, Nicole Kidman, 46, is bravely starting to publicize her own princess movie, this one about Grace Kelly.
On Monday a teaser trailer was released for Grace of Monaco, which is set to hit theaters in December.
Let’s hope the reception for this one is better than Diana, which opens in the UK on Friday.
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Grace under pressure: Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in the Grace Of Monaco teaser trailer which came out Monday, months ahead of the film’s December release date
On the stage: The Australian had to master a Continental American accent to play the role of the Pennsylvania native turned Hollywood icon
The lady in rouge: The Oscar winner sports several ethereal looks for her role as Grace, and some intense ones, like this red and black ensemble
In the clip, Nicole looks stunning – and convincing – as the wife of Prince Rainier. Brief glimpses are shown of the actress in a sleeveless gown, walking in her castle, lying on a bed in a sky blue dress, entering a ball, in a red jacket and black hat, and finally looking vulnerable in a glittering silver dress.
A voice says over opera music, ‘Long after the House of Grimaldi has fallen, the world is going to remember your name, your Highness.
‘You are the fairy tale, the serenity to which we all aspire and peace will come when you embrace the roles you have been destined to play. For no matter where you are in years to come they will continue to whisper your name, the Princess Grace.’
Life’s a ball: A clip from the trailer shows Nicole as Grace walking up the stairs to a black tie function
The long and winding road: A scene from the film in which the princess braves Monaco’s hairpin turns
Nicole and Naomi because friends while starting out as actors in their native Australia.
Diana has already received negative reviews, being called ‘cheap’ and ‘awful’ by critics.
Grace Of Monaco has yet to garner much reaction except from Grace’s family that has claimed the film ‘needlessly glamorised’ the icon.
Set in 1962, Grace Of Monaco follows the personal life of the former actress during the famous dispute between France and Monaco over tax laws.
Directed by La Vieen Rose’s Olivier Dahn, and with a reported $30m budget, the film co-stars Tim Roth, Parker Posey, and Milo Ventimiglia.
Dahan told The Telegraph the film was a character study and not meant to be a serious biopic, saying, ‘I am not a journalist or historian. I am an artist. I have not made a biopic. I hate biopics in general.
‘I have done, in any subjectivity, a human portrait of a modern woman who wants to reconcile her family, her husband, her career. But who will give up her career and invent another role. And it will be painful.’
A royal challenge: Nicole’s Princess Grace film (left) is coming out soon after her friend Naomi’s Princess Diana picture (right)
Nicole has expressed her desire to show depth to the star of such Alfred Hitchcock classics as Dial M For Murder and Rear Window.
‘I wanted to be respectful of her, her story and her essence so hopefully that will all come through,’ said the Jimmy Choo model.
Grace of Monaco is scheduled for a December release in the US while Diana should open stateside on November 1 and in the UK on November 29.
Promotion for Grace Of Monaco comes at a busy time for the actress. Her husband Keith Urban will be busy with auditions for American Idol, which debuts in January. The couple has two children, Sunday Rose, 5, and Faith Margaret, 2
A coat in the Cote d’Azur: The 46-year-old filmed her role as France’s most alluring (and fashionable) royal figure in the fall of 2012