Palace of Monaco Slams Nicole Kidman's Grace Film: "Appears to Be a Farce"
Watch out, Nicole Kidman! The Palace of Monaco is speaking out against the actress' movie Grace of Monaco.
Kidman, 46, stars in the film as the late Grace Kelly, depicting her time in Hollywood and her life as royalty. Grace of Monaco has seen months of delays and behind-the-scenes drama and remains without an official U.S. theatrical release date.
Adding fuel to the fire, the Palace of Monaco released a statement on Friday, May 2, condemning the depiction of the late Princess of Monaco. The film is finally scheduled to screen to its first audience at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.
"The Prince's Palace would like to reiterate that this feature film cannot under any circumstances be classified as a biopic," the statement read, citing the upcoming debut as the motivation for the words. "The trailer appears to be a farce and confirms the totally fictional nature of this film."
"It reinforces the certainty, left after reading the script, that this production, a page of the Principality's history, is based on erroneous and dubious historical references," representatives for the Palace continued. "The director and producers refused to take into consideration the many observations made by the Palace because these called into question the entire script and the characters of the film."
Lest there be any doubt about the Palace's distaste for the film, the statement concluded, "The Princely Family does not in any way wish to be associated with this film which reflects no reality and regrets that its history has been misappropriated for purely commercial purposes."
Even the commercial purposes of Grace of Monaco are in question as the film has been edited and reedited in an attempt to get it theater-ready. There have also been ongoing battles between Harvey Weinstein's Weinstein Company, which signed on for U.S. distribution, and the film's director Olivier Dahan.