By Benjamin Wood
Updated October 26, 2011 at 06:25 PM EDT
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On Tuesday, news broke that a period piece about actress Grace Kelly may soon be in the works. The script, titled Grace of Monaco and written by Arash Amel, reportedly focuses on Kelly’s life during a politically-charged six-month period in 1962 and is aiming to be compared to last year’s Best Picture winner The King’s Speech.

Despite a relatively short acting career, Kelly is one in a class of iconic actresses from Hollywood’s golden age. After starring opposite Gary Cooper in High Noon, she caught the attention of director Alfred Hitchcock and starred in three of his films — Dial M for Murder, Rear Window and To Catch a Thief — before retiring from acting at the age of 26 after she met and married Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Hitchcock attempted to replicate his star in subsequent films, to varying degrees of success, which contributed to the phrase “Hitchcock Blonde” and to the subtext of 1958’s Vertigo, in which Jimmy Stewart’s character creepily tries to remake a woman in the image of his lost blonde love.

Much like Michelle Williams in the upcoming My Week With Marilyn, whoever steps into the role will have daunting — and gorgeous — shoes to fill. (The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news about the film.) Charlize Theron seemed to be accepting a proverbial torch in September when she appeared alongside Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich — thanks to CG wizardry — in an advertisement for Dior. On the other hand, Theron may not have the timeless grandeur of say, Nicole Kidman. Or perhaps January Jones, whose Betty Draper Francis on Mad Men seems inspired by Kelly’s iconic look? Is this the perfect opportunity for Gwyneth Paltrow to become a leading lady again? Or a next-generation A-lister like Scarlett Johansson?

What do you think Popwatchers? Are you excited to see Grace Kelly on screen again, even if only in spirit? Check out Charlize’s Dior commercial below and let us know in the comments who you think should play the role.

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