EXCLUSIVE: YRF Entertainment CEO Uday Chopra has joined with Pierre-Ange Le Pogam and his Stone Angels to produce and finance Grace Of Monaco, the Olivier Dahan-directed film that will star Nicole Kidman. The film begins production in the fall and Inferno is selling foreign rights in Cannes. YRF’s Jonathan Reiman becomes exec producer with Arash Amel, who wrote the script. In the film, the former actress Grace Kelly (Kidman) asserts herself as the Princess of Monaco when she brokers peace between her adopted country and France, maneuvering a political minefield to do it. YRF Entertainment is the Beverly Hills-based production and financing company that is a subsidiary of Indian studio Yash Raj Films, and its focus is English-language films with global appeal.
“Grace Of Monaco is the kind of movie that has a perfect blend of talent and sensibility that YRF Entertainment is proud to be a part of,” Chopra said. “We look forward to a great partnership with Olivier and Pierre-Ange.”
Said Le Pogam: “When I first read the script written by Arash Amel, I thought it was a great story to tell, with a lot of artistic, historical and emotional potential. This is why I invited Olivier Dahan to become the director because he has this artistic vision. When Olivier and myself met with Nicole Kidman for the first time, we felt immediately she was the right artist to portray Princess Grace. When I then met with Uday, I had the same feeling after our conversation. He was obviously the right partner because of his beautiful vision of the movie. We are very proud and enthusiast to be sharing the experience of working together with YRF.”
CAA packaged the film and is repping domestic distribution rights.
YRF Entertainment is currently in post-production on the Peter Glanz-directed comedy The Longest Week, starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Billy Crudup.
Le Pogam’s Paris-based Stone Angels is distributing the David Cronenberg-directed Cosmopolis in France, which is in competition at Cannes, and coproduced and is distributing the Nabil Ayouch-directed Horses of God, which is playing in Un Certain Regard.
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