After months of delays due to editing issues and quarrels between director Olivier Dahan and film studio The Weinstein Company, Grace of Monaco, the Grace Kelly biopic starring Nicole Kidman, has experienced another damaging blow.
Prince Albert of Monaco, the only son of Kelly and Prince Rainier III, released a scathing statement about the film, which is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14.
"The Prince's Palace would like to reiterate that this feature film cannot under any circumstances be classified as a biopic," the statement reads.
"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after reading the script, that this production, a page of the Principality's history, is based on erroneous and dubious historical references."
According to the palace, the film's directors and producers refused to take into consideration "observations made by the Palace because these called into question the entire script and the characters of the film."
Albert, along with sisters Princess Stephanie and Princess Caroline, make it clear they wish to not be associated with the film in any way.
Apart from the palace's complete dismissal of the biopic, the entire premiere is now in jeopardy due to tension between Dahan and Harvey Weinstein, whose studio holds the U.S. distribution rights.
According to reports, Weinstein is not happy with the final cut, despite countless re-edits, and could potentially pull the plug on the film's release, which means no premiere at Cannes.
It's too bad, considering critics were looking forward to Kidman's portrayal of the Hollywood starlet turned princess who tragically passed away from a car crash in 1982. British actor Tim Roth plays opposite Kidman as Rainier in the drama.
Watch the Grace of Monaco trailer below:
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