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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Two princesses: Kidman as Grace; Watts as Diana

Somehow I missed hearing about this when first announced: Nicole Kidman will play Her Serene Highness Princess Grace (formerly Grace Kelly, beloved to all fans of “Rear Window”) in the upcoming drama “Grace of Monaco.” Olivier Dahan (who directed Marion Cotillard in her Oscar-winning performance in “La Vie en Rose”) will direct; Tim Roth will play Prince Rainier and Frank Langella is in talks to play Father Tucker, their priest and chief advisor. Interesting; this might be just the thing for Kidman, whose recent work has been very hit-and-miss.
Meanwhile, Naomi Watts has been transformed into Princess Diana as she films the biopic “Diana” (formerly titled “Caught in Flight,” and directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel) in London this summer. Click here to see a side-by-side comparison of the real Diana and Watts-as-Diana, decked out in a very Diana-ish blue suit. Not quite right — Watts’ hair looks a little too poufy — but not bad. I’m very curious about this film; Hirschbiegel’s got an uncanny knack for capturing almost unbearable tension (see his “Five Minutes of Heaven” or “Das Experiment”), and I wonder how that will translate into a story we know so well.

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