28 Actresses Who Could Portray Hollywood Icon Grace Kelly
10:27 AM PDT 10/26/2011 by Kimberly Nordyke, Michael O'Connell, Chris Godley, Sofia M. Fernandez, Sophie Schillaci
As THR first reported, the life of Grace Kelly, the Hitchcock ingenue who went from Hollywood royalty to genuine royalty, is getting the big screen treatment courtesy of producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam. Which Hollywood actress would be best to star in the highly coveted role?
Amanda Seyfried has a smoldering look with heavy eye-liner and a short black wig 20th Century Fox’s upcoming thriller, In Time, but it’s her curly blonde locks and super-sweet smile that charmed fans in several rom-coms. Since Mean Girls in 2004, Seyfriend has been expanding her resume, trying horror, thriller and mystery on for size, in addition to a long-running role on HBO’s Big Love. The role of an icon is one that could allow Seyfried to prove her acting chops beyond the young-adult fare she’s already conquered.
As the star of Gossip Girl, Blake Lively commands the attention of Serena van der Woodsen’s Upper East Side comrades. Her megawatt smile and sugar-sweet demeanor could fit nicely in the role of newly-minted royalty as the upcoming film's script explores Kelly’s transition from American actress to Princess of Monaco.
An Oscar nominee for her first major role in An Education, Mulligan will next appear in NC-17 festival favorite Shame and as Daisy Buchanan in Baz Lurhmann's update of The Great Gatsby. A biopic seems like the only thing missing from the 26-year-old's resume.
Blanchett is no stranger to playing royals: She portrayed Queen Elizabeth I in two films, earning an two Oscar nominations -- and one win -- for her work. And while the actress is 42, she's proven she can play younger thanks to the CGI magic employed in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Dianna Agron, who plays Quinn on Fox's Glee, has surprised fans by amping up the glam on various red carpets this year. While her physical appearance could fit Kelly to a T, Agron’s presence on the big screen has been minimal thus far. The 25-year-old previously held roles in the mostly panned Burlesque and I Am Number Four, but her potential could be tapped in a more high profile project.
Evan Rachel Wood
In addition to playing a seductress in The Ides of March and an insane vampire in HBO’s True Blood, Evan Rachel Wood recently starred as a selfish young woman pursuing an acting career in the 1930s for the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce. With her delicate features and wide range, the 24-year-old actress could surely embody Kelly’s grace, charisma and determination with ease.
At age 39, the Oscar-winning actress would be more apt to portray Kelly in her post-acting career, after she left Hollywood and had three children with husband Prince Rainier. But the actress can easily identify with the international aspects of Kelly's life: Paltrow is married to British singer Chris Martin, and the couple owns a home in London.
The model turned actress has done mid-20th century before: Her first role in a major studio production was in the WWII epic Pearl Harbor (2001). She could also help pull in a younger crowd because of her current role on the CW's freshman series Hart of Dixie, opposite Rachel Bilson.
If anyone in Hollywood has the looks to play Kelly, it's Mad Men's January Jones. While her red carpet style is more unconventional than the Rear Window actress, Jones knows period dramas.
Bosworth's maintained a relatively high profile since the 2002 surfer flick Blue Crush, but she has yet to land a truly breakout role. She's 28 now, which makes her almost the perfect age to straddle Kelly's life before and after the 1956 wedding that marked her transition from actress to princess.
The Australian actress first turned heads with her work in HBO's In Treatment and achieved worldwide recognition last year with her starring role in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. The actress, who also starred in Jane Eyre, next appears opposite Glenn Close in the period drama Albert Nobbs.
Despite becoming synonymous with versatilely and highly selective roles, there seems to be only one thing that could keep Williams from stepping into Kelly's iconic shoes: She'll be forever associated with Marilyn Monroe after the release of the biopic My Week With Marilyn.
Following a similar path as Mean Girls co-star Amanda Seyfriend, Rachel McAdams has performed in her share of romantic comedies and thrillers. Buoyed by buzz around her role in Terrence Malick's upcoming untitled project, playing a classic starlet might be her next move.
David Fincher's it girl has become one of the most talked about young actresses since she was tapped to play Lisbeth Salander in his English-language take on Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And after playing the mohawk-sporting, inked up heroine, any role will be a departure for Mara.
The British actress has taken on everything from Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice) to Bond (Die Another Day) to genetically enhanced killing machines on Mars (Doom). Next up? The Greek gods of Clash of the Titans 2.
The Irish actress proved she can take on mid-century epics with her breakout role in Atonement (2007). Since then, she's demonstrated her range by playing such roles as a dead girl in 2009's The Lovely Bones (2009) and a teen assassin in the action-thriller Hanna (2011).
Blonde and beautiful, Scarlett Johannson dares audiences not to be seduced by her presence, much like Kelly herself. The actress last starred in Iron Man 2, and will next be seen in 20th Century Fox’s We Bought a Zoo and Marvel’s The Avengers.
Teen television has proven to be a generous source of box office stars in the past. This supporting player from The Vampire Diaries has emerged as one of the most likely to succeed when she graduates from her CW show.
France's stylish first lady practically is royalty already and she has a film resume to boot. The model-singer took part in Woody Allen's hit Midnight in Paris and had a song featured in (500) Days of Summer. Her current role is mother to newborn girl, Giulia.
VanCamp is currently proving she's quite deft at playing a cruel and slightly unhinged leading lady on ABC's soapy freshman drama Revenge -- but prior to that she was the girl next door on Brothers & Sisters and Everwood. She's capable of tackling the kind of transformation playing Kelly will require.
She's already got the style of Grace Kelly down, played heavyweight historical figure Helen of Troy in Troy, and takes on Marie Antoinette in the French film, Farewell My Queen. With a resume like that, Kruger would have no trouble slipping into Kelly's shoes.
Though you might have to giver her a blonde dye-job first, the 90210 star does bear strong a resemblance to a young Grace Kelly.
Quickly establishing herself in Hollywood in films like The Tree of Life, The Help and Take Shelter, Chastain is the go-to gal for roles that require strength, beauty and acting chops.
If there was any takeaway from NBC's short-lived Playboy Club, it's that star Amber Heard seems right at home playing a role in the 1950s and '60s. She's January Jones with fewer miles on her.
Grace Kelly seems like a natural next step for Lawrence, who's currently tied to the multi-picture franchise, Hunger Games. Getting the role of Katniss Everdeen just weeks after an Oscar nomination at only 21 years old, is just the kind of whirlwind of success and glamor that highlighted Kelly's life.
On the strength of one breakout role in Sundance entry Martha Marcy May Marlene, this Olsen sister is on every casting director's list of hot talent. She next appears in the horror movie Silent House.
With her stint on Rescue Me ending with the series finale in 2011 and a part in Steven Soderbergh's upcoming male stripper film Magic Mike, Horn has the right combination of resume and open schedule to be an effective dark horse in the race to land the Kelly role.
The Oscar winner already has the kind of glamour playing a role like Grace Kelly will demand. And, at 36, she's still young enough to play the icon in her Hitchcock days.