‘Grace of Monaco 2’ to Open Cannes 2017

In a move that had been widely expected across the film industry, Grace of Monaco 2 has been unveiled as the curtain raiser for the Cannes Film Festival’s 2017 edition.

Festival director Thierry Fremaux made the announcement Thursday morning, adding that it had been “just four years since the original film brought the Croisette to a standstill.”

The sequel picks up from where 2014’s acclaimed Grace of Monaco left off, with Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly having successfully protected their proud city-state’s noble status as a tax haven from the clutches of a greedy Charles De Gaulle and now focussing on placing power with the Prince and a national council of eighteen elected members.

Fremaux described the film, which will compete in Cannes’ official competition, as a “stunning, edge-of-the-seat thriller,” adding that he was looking forward to warmly welcoming back director Oliver Dahan and stars Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth.

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