Hollywood’s awards season is always predictably crammed with biopics, and this year is no exception, with films about real people dotting the autumn and winter landscape, from Diana to The Butler all the way up to The Wolf of Wall Street (yes, that’s a true story) and many more. But the season will now be short one major biopic with the news that The Weinstein Company has moved their Grace of Monaco to next spring.
THR reports that the Nicole Kidman-starring film, centered on the “princess” years of Hollywood starlet Grace Kelly, who married into royalty and subsequently quit acting at the surprisingly young age of twenty-six, has been pushed back at least until spring of 2014. The outlet reports that the film is not yet complete and will now be “positioned more as a commercial entry than an awards play.” Perhaps the film’s first trailer, which many thought looked like a bad perfume commerical, didn’t help matters.
The film seemed like the sort of fare that would do well during awards season, with a script by rising screenwriter Arash Amel (who may have penned the dismal Erased but who also has a staggering five films in active development) as directed by Olivier Dahan (who previously directed another Oscar bait biopic with La Vie En Rose). The film’s cast is stacked with a mess of very different talents, including Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, and Derek Jacobi, all of whom are better suited to more high-brow productions, not mainstream features.
Does this mean that Grace of Monaco is a mess? It certainly remains to be seen, but here’s hoping we’ll get a look at it come spring (and that it doesn’t get moved again, off into release date ether).
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