Ashton-Griffiths, Lindsay, Somerville join cast of Grace Kelly pic
Brit thesps Roger Ashton-Griffiths and Robert Lindsay and Irish actress Geraldine Somerville have joined the cast of Olivier Dahan’s “Grace of Monaco,” which Pierre-Ange Le Pogam is producing with financier Uday Chopra of YRF Entertainment and scribe Arash Amel.Nicole Kidman stars as Grace Kelly, the retired Oscar-winning actress who was tasked with saving Monaco from an escalating situation regarding its standing as a tax haven. Ashton-Griffiths will play Alfred Hitchcock, who worked with Kelly on “Dial M For Murder,” “Rear Window” and “To Catch a Thief” and tries to get her to come out of retirement to star in his new movie. Thesp was hand-picked by Dahan early on in the casting process due to his resemblance to Hitchcock. Lindsay will play Aristotle Onassis, the larger-than-life Greek businessman whose girlfriend, renowned opera singer Maria Callas (Paz Vega), was a close confidante of Kelly’s. Lindsay previously played Onassis on the London stage. Somerville will play Princess Antoinette, Prince Rainier’s traitorous older sister who was banished from the palace for attempting to take over the throne with France’s help. Pic is currently shooting in France. Ashton-Griffiths played P.T. Barnum in Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” and also appeared in Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.” He’s repped by Bauman, Redanty & Shaul and Curtis Brown Group. Legit thesp Lindsay’s last bigscreen credit was Richard Loncraine’s 2004 romantic comedy “Wimbledon.” He’s repped by the Gersh Agency and Hamilton Hodell. Somerville, best known for playing Harry Potter’s mother in the Warner Bros. franchise, has also appeared in the period pics “Gosford Park” and “My Week With Marilyn.” She’s repped by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin.