Tim Roth to star in “Grace of Monaco” as Prince Rainer III
Nicole Kidman was announced some time ago to play Grace Kelly, the actress who became a princess, in “Grace of Monaco.” Now Tim Roth was chosen to play her husband, Prince Rainer III. The film will show how Grace Kelly skillfully maneuvered her prince through his political troubles with French Prime Minister Charles De Gaulle. Spanish actress Paz Vega, who voiced the Andalusian triplets in “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” will play opera diva Maria Callas, and Frank Langella has a supporting role.
Roth, one of the busiest actors working today, has completed “Arbitrage” with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, due out Sept. 14, and “The Absinthe Drinkers” with “Twilight Saga” star Peter Facinelli, John Hurt and Keith Carradine. No release date yet. Roth is currently shooting “Broken” with Cillian Murphy.
Katharine McPhee – possibly Maria?
NBC has hired “Smash” executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (who gave us the great musical films “Chicago” and “Hairspray,” plus the TV versions of “The Music Man,” “Annie,” “Cinderella” and “Gypsy” with Bette Midler) to produce a holiday event — a new production of “The Sound of Music.”
Zadan has said, “It’s not our intention to produce a remake of the movie version. That would be artistic blasphemy. What we want to do, instead, is give audiences a completely fresh experience of this great Tony Award-winning stage musical in the form of a classic television event: All the actors will be singing live; there will be no lip-synching to pre-recordings.”
No casting has been announced … hummm, wonder how “Smash” star Katharine McPhee would look in a nun’s habit?