When you care so little about a film, its (nevertheless) strong cast only breeds these feelings of conflict. Such is the case with Grace of Monaco, the ever-assembling Grace Kelly drama Olivier Dahan (La vie en rose) is directing with Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, and Paz Vega all on board — a strong confection for what might be a bland outing.
Now, according to Variety, Parker Posey and Milo Ventimiglia (Rocky Balboa, Heroes) are being courted for Monaco; the recent Louie star will be seen as “Madge Tivey-Faucon, Kelly’s scheming lady-in-waiting,” while the latter is expected to play the actress’ publicist and consul general, Rupert Allen. When the Hitchcock favorite needed to settle a tax dispute between Monaco — which she, as you probably have been told, was Princess of at the time — and France, a publicist can come in handy.
Now that both are involved — particularly Posey, who simply needs to be in more things — my feelings on this silly project can only grow to be all the more mixed. Go figure.
Next, Variety also inform us that Frank Grillo is contributing to the manliness that is Homefront, a Sylvester Stallone-penned action film Gary Fleder will direct with Jason Statham and James Franco in the lead. The Grey and End of Watch star — something of a rising one, at that — is coming along as a henchman to the latter actor’s character, a meth dealer who catches the attention of a certain throaty Englishman. I can only shudder when imagining what’s in store for the poor sap.
One is bound to think the “henchman” descriptor indicates a minor and uninteresting part, but Grillo has made enough of an impression as of late to make me think, perhaps against better judgement, that his recent work could land him a decent role. Isn’t it enough to hope? I’m sure Homefront could use a bit of his touch.
Winona Ryder also stars in the film, which should begin production imminently.
Do Grace of Monaco and Homefront have a better profile now that these moves have been carried out?
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