Grace of Monaco 2

Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Diana has already been thoroughly panned by critics across the pond, but maybe the second of this fall’s two princess biopics will meet a better fate.

The first teaser has been revealed for Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as movie star-turned-royal Grace Kelly. Olivier Dahan (La Vie en Rose) directs, and Tim Roth and Frank Langella also star. Check out the footage after the jump.

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It’s a fool’s errand to try and predict the 2014 Oscars a year in advance, but based on what we know about it so far Grace of Monaco could very well end up a serious contender. It’s directed by La vie en rose helmer Olivier Dahan (check), stars Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and nominee Tim Roth (double check), and centers around a widely beloved entertainment industry figure (triple check). If that doesn’t sound tailor-made for the Academy, I don’t know what does.

The Weinsteins apparently think so as well, as they’ve already scooped up the distribution rights for around $5 million. Arriving hand-in-hand with that acquisition are the first official images of Kidman as the late actress turned princess. Check them out after the jump.

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Last year a script called Grace of Monaco hit the Black List, that collation of popular but as-yet unproduced screenplays. The script, by Arash Amel, investigates a year in the life of Grace Kelly, the cool blonde movie star turned Princess of Monaco, as she deals with a crisis in her adopted home country.

The film is going forward with Olivier Dahan¬†(Ghost River, La vie en rose) directing, and now Nicole Kidman is in talks to play the cinema icon. Read More »

Each December since 2004, studio executive Franklin Leonard has compiled the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted by hundreds of execs, agency guys, and high-level assistants. Titled The Black List, the compendium highlights both established screenwriters and up-and-comers, and has served as a launching pad in the past for projects like Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, and (500) Days of Summer. Last year’s list included Margin Call, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and the Huntsman.

It should be noted that the headline is somewhat misleading — some of these screenplays have already been acquired and are already in development, though according to Leonard none will have entered principal photography by December 31, 2011.¬†Also worth pointing out is that, as in previous years, there have been rumors that some of the participants have been accused of using the Black List to promote their own clients or friends. Finally, as Leonard reminds us each time, “The Black List is not a ‘best of’ list. It is, at best, a ‘most liked’ list.”

Regardless, we can always rely on the Black List to stir up conversation among both industry insiders and outside spectators alike, so without further ado, hit the jump for the complete 2011 list.

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