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'Grace of Monaco' to premiere on Lifetime

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David Koskas

Hollywood darling Grace Kelly may have spent the majority of her career on the silver screen, but her Nicole Kidman-led biopic has found its home on the small screen, as A + E Networks announced on Tuesday that Grace of Monaco would premiere this May on Lifetime.

The film, which centers around Kelly’s life after her Hollywood career and her time as Princess of Monaco, opened the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was once expected to have a theatrical release after The Weinstein Co. acquired it in 2013, only to be pulled from their schedule in 2014.

In an interview with Deadline at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Harvey Weinstein explained conflicts they encountered during production that may have kept the film from making it to the big screen, one of which was the changes made to the script.

“The script we signed on for was like The King’s Speech, with the big moment where Princess Grace steps up…The writer, Arash Amel, called me and said, what happened to my script? It’s like welcome to Hollywood. Writers don’t have any say, but we decided to pair him up with a team of people and see what he could do about restoring the movie to the way it looked when he wrote it. He did a wonderful job,” Weinstein said.

Weinstein also addressed conflicts he had with the director, Olivier Dahan, who “refused and criticized [him] profusely.”

The film is set in 1962, six years after Kelly’s “wedding of the century” to Prince Rainier III, during a time when the actress-turned-princess was struggling with her decision to retire from acting forever, while her husband was dealing with an impending French invasion of Monaco.

Grace of Monaco will premiere on May 25 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.