'King's Speech' thesp added to Grace Kelly biopic
Director Olivier Dahan and the producers of “Grace of Monaco” are rounding out the cast with one of England’s most revered actors, as Derek Jacobi (“The King’s Speech”) has joined the ensemble led by Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly.Pierre-Ange Le Pogam is producing the pic with financier Uday Chopra of YRF Entertainment and scribe Arash Amel. Jacobi will play Count Fernando D’Aillieres, a flamboyant aristocrat and expert on all-things-Monaco who helped transform Kelly from an American movie star to a refined princess. In addition to Kidman, “Grace of Monaco” stars Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia, Paz Vega, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Robert Lindsay and Geraldine Somerville. Jacobi, who co-starred in “Gladiator” and “Gosford Park,” recently appeared in “The King’s Speech” and “My Week With Marilyn.” Repped by Independent Talent Group, he’ll next be seen alongside Dakota Fanning and scribe Emma Thompson in Richard Laxton’s period pic “Effie.”
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