Lifetime movie fans won’t want to miss “Grace of Monaco.” The latest flick to hit the network stars Academy Award winning actress Nicole Kidman, and premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. After getting booed and criticized for being inaccurate, it’s set to make its debut on television on Monday, May 25 at 9 p.m. EDT.
The Lifetime movie, written by Arash Amel and directed by Olivier Dahan, shows viewers a year in the life of the Princess of Monaco. Starring Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Parker Posey and Paz Vega, “Grace of Monaco” kicks off in 1962. At this point, American actress Grace Kelly had been out of Hollywood and married to Prince Rainier III for six years. But according to the synopsis of the flick, Grace desired more than just being a princess – she wanted to return to acting. Unfortunately it wasn’t as easy as returning to Hollywood.
“Grace finds herself plunged into a personal crisis to decide the fate of her marriage while her husband is at political odds with France’s President Charles de Gaulle,” the movie description reveals. “With a French invasion impending for Monaco, Grace must make the difficult decision whether to stand by the side of her husband and newfound country, or return to the bright lights of Hollywood.”
Prior to the 2014 Cannes premiere, the royal family of Monaco called the movie “inaccurate,” and canceled their appearance at the film festival. The family stated that the movie was based on “erroneous and dubious historical references.”
“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,” the royal family said in a statement.
Hello Magazine reported at the time that Nicole Kidman clarified that the movie wasn’t a biopic or a “fictionalized documentary of Grace Kelly.” But that wasn’t the only setback that “Grace of Monaco” received. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the U.S. distributor of the film, The Weinstein Co., threatened to not release the European edit of the movie. Critics ripped it apart, calling it boring and stiff. A&E Networks ultimately picked up the film in April for a May premiere.
Those interested in seeing what the fuss is all about can catch “Grace of Monaco” when it premieres on Lifetime on Monday, May 25 at 9 p.m. EDT. Watch the trailer below: