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Nicole Kidman set to play Princess Grace

Nicole Kidman in Cold Mountain

Story by Jack Foley

NICOLE Kidman is reportedly leading the race to play Grace Kelly in a new film, according to Variety.

The film in question is called Grace of Monaco and will follow the actress-turned-princess as she worked to save her adopted homeland, Monaco, in the early 1960s.

The High Society actress had earlier given up a successful film career to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956, at the age of 26.

Olivier Dahan, best known for Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose, is directing from a script that featured on 2011’s “Black List” – which features the pick of Hollywood’s favourite scripts to emerge in any given year.

It was written by Arash Amel and will focus on the period between December 1961 and November 1962 when the then mother of two “was called upon to save Monaco from an escalating situation regarding its standing as a tax haven”.

Dahan’s Piaf biopic won a best actress Oscar for Marion Cotillard in 2008.

Kidman won the best actress Oscar herself in 2003 playing Virginia Woolf in The Hours and was nominated for a third time in 2011, for Rabbit Hole.

She will next be seen on the big screen in thriller The Paperboy, opposite Zac Efron and John Cusack.

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