Grace Kelly movie in the works. Who should play the princess?


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On Tuesday, news broke that a period piece about actress Grace Kelly may soon be in the works. The script, titled Grace of Monaco and written by Arash Amel, reportedly focuses on Kelly’s life during a politically-charged six-month period in 1962 and is aiming to be compared to last year’s Best Picture winner The King’s Speech.

Despite a relatively short acting career, Kelly is one in a class of iconic actresses from Hollywood’s golden age. After starring opposite Gary Cooper in High Noon, she caught the attention of director Alfred Hitchcock and starred in three of his films — Dial M for Murder, Rear Window and To Catch a Thief — before retiring from acting at the age of 26 after she met and married Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Hitchcock attempted to replicate his star in subsequent films, to varying degrees of success, which contributed to the phrase “Hitchcock Blonde” and to the subtext of 1958’s Vertigo, in which Jimmy Stewart’s character creepily tries to remake a woman in the image of his lost blonde love.

Much like Michelle Williams in the upcoming My Week With Marilyn, whoever steps into the role will have daunting — and gorgeous — shoes to fill. (The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news about the film.) Charlize Theron seemed to be accepting a proverbial torch in September when she appeared alongside Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich — thanks to CG wizardry — in an advertisement for Dior. On the other hand, Theron may not have the timeless grandeur of say, Nicole Kidman. Or perhaps January Jones, whose Betty Draper Francis on Mad Men seems inspired by Kelly’s iconic look? Is this the perfect opportunity for Gwyneth Paltrow to become a leading lady again? Or a next-generation A-lister like Scarlett Johansson?

What do you think Popwatchers? Are you excited to see Grace Kelly on screen again, even if only in spirit? Check out Charlize’s Dior commercial below and let us know in the comments who you think should play the role.

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  • orville

    January Jones? No. Just no. Any producer who even considers her or whispers her name anywhere near this project needs to be fired.

    • Will

      People need to stop giving January Jones work, it’s just embarrassing.

      • Jen

        I couldn’t agree more!

      • regina

        You sound fat.

    • Ames

      I was beginning to think I was the only one to notice she can’t act. It’s painful to watch, actually.

      • susan

        Margot Robbie! Not only does she look like Grace she is acts with grace.

    • kellybelly

      No January Jones. Heavens NO. Let’s get an actual ‘actress’ for this. Charlize is fine. Nicole Kidman is good. Melissa George. Naomi Watts. But they’re all in their late 30’s/early 40’s. But who cares? In Grace Kelly’s era, even the girls in their 20’s looked like they were in their 30’s or 40’s. Everyone looked older back then. Maybe how they dressed? Mannerisms? I am shocked to learn that Grace Kelly was only 26 when she got married. She seemed older. More Mature.
      So I would think a more seasoned actress. Not some ingenue.
      Amy Adams would be interesting. Or an unknown.

      • Elysia

        Naomi Watts is a good call! Although she perhaps seems a little too ‘real’ to play Grace Kelly. I think Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron would be terrible ideas, though. They just don’t feel right for the part. At all. (As great as they both are.)

        And note: This movie is set to take place in 1962, when Grace Kelly was 33.

    • Elysia

      I know it’s popular to hate January Jones, but as far as look and the way she carries herself, she is a spot-on Grace Kelly.

      • Juliet

        Actually Amy Adams is the one who looks like her, petite, the same shape of face, same eyes whereas January Jones just has the same style on Mad Men that’s all.

  • Esox

    Cedric The Entertainer

    • Obvs

      Awesome! He’s got my vote.

      • Kim

        Like! Go the opposite way.

    • Bobby’s Robot

      I was gonna say Samuel L. Jackson, but OK.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel Mcaddams or Melissa St.George look like her and are good actresses.

    • Kal

      Rachael McAdams would be fantastic!

      • cate

        Love this – billiant idea!

      • Elysia


    • the_girl

      My vote for Rachel McAdams!

    • Will

      I think you mean Melissa George, and as much as I like her, she doesn’t really fit a Grace Kelly type

    • Jess

      My vote is for Rachel McAdams!

  • jane

    Amber Heard. They look alike.

    • Will

      Not to mention Amber Heard is actually really talented

    • Lola

      Yeah, I think she looks the part the most and could really pull it off. Plus, she’s the right age. Most of Grace’s life “happened” in her mid 20’s.

  • Madam Gaga

    Kat Dennings, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester or Evan Rachel Wood as Grace Kelly
    It’s a phenomenal story and a slam-dunk Oscar for whoever plays Grace Kelly.

    • Anissa

      Please not Blake. She has no class at all on screen.

    • Samantha

      None of these people except maybe Evan look like her.

  • Julian

    Amy Adams would be my choice

    • Juliet

      Amy Adams is the right choice if you want someone who looks like Grace Kelly, Grace had an unusual shape of face and Amy has the same, the others as talented as they are have not that !

  • JDD

    For some reason I see Naomi Watts given the included picture.

    • Dave

      I think Naomi Watts would be a great choice. I love her.

    • tia

      Hmm, this pic reminds me more of Mira Sorvino.

  • freddy

    Meryl Streep

  • Amanda

    I say either Naomi Watts or Diane Kruger.

    • JEn

      Ooh, Diane Kruger is a great choice!

    • Jessica

      Naomi Watts or Diane Kruger–both great actresses who resemble her, but both have the same grace and elegance as Grace had.

    • paul

      love this too! it’s too bad all the good american actresses don’t look like her

  • Dvno

    This will no doubt be a Oscar bait and given to some A-lister who has dillusions of grandeur about both her beauty AND talent as an actress. I would be cool with Charlize, but if they had the balls to go with a newcomer who’s age appropriate…Pan Am’s Margot Robbie is a DEAD ringer for her Serene Highness.

    • Brenna

      thats exactly what i thought when i saw pan am’s pilot!

    • Samantha

      Ugh no. She is THE WORST part of Pan am!

    • cate

      Preach! Margot Robbie could be really fantastic. Let’s just hope they cast someone under 35.

    • Juliet

      Charlize is too tall and doesn’t look like Grace Kelly AT ALL ! Amy adams perfect casting, nuff said.

  • Carole

    January Jones has the look but not the talent. Gwyneth would probably do a good job but she’s not beautiful enough. If Nicole Kidman hadn’t Botoxed her face void of movement she’d be perfect.

  • Russell Brandt

    Shia LaBeouf, Ed Westwick or Penn Badgley as Prince Rainier III of Monaco

  • Lucy

    Charlize Theron could be interesting… Rachel McAdamms as well…

    No way January Jones!!! (she’s got the face, but terrible actress) Nor Gwyneth Paltrow, I just don’t see the timeless perfect beauty (she is beautiful, but not in a grace kelly kind of way)

    • Juliet

      Amy Adams !!!!

  • tracy bluth

    I agree, just say no to January Jones.

    Rachel McAdams would be great. I think Michelle Williams would work, but she is already playing Marilyn. What about Jessica Chastain if she went blonde?

  • DanerKebab

    Diane Kruger or Emile de Ravin.

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