Australian actress Nicole Kidman shines like a true princess in the first available images from "Grace of Monaco," the biopic about the Monegasque princess that will premiere in late December.

In the first and very brief trailer - a scant one minute's worth - Grace Kelly (Kidman) at a gala dinner whispers in the ear of Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth), walks through the principality followed by the unmistakeable silhouette of Alfred Hitchcock (Roger Ashton-Griffiths), and ascends a magnificent palace staircase.

Meanwhile the solemn voice of Frank Langella, who plays the confidente of the princess, Fr. Francis Tucker, speaks of the celebrity offscreen: "You are the fairytale, the serenity to which we all aspire, and peace will come when you embrace the role you are destined to play."

Directed by Olivier Dahan ("La Vie En Rose"), the movie does not have the blessing of Monaco's royal family, which says "the Palais had submitted many requests for changes to the producers of the film, not all of which were taken into consideration," and when they had access to the final screenplay, "Their Serene Highnesses were quite surprised," the statement released earlier this year said.

With a screenplay by Arash Amel ("Erased"), the story is set between December 1961 and November 1962, when the artist, now retired from movie stardom, feels nostalgia for her career but is obliged by her position to turn down new offers from Hollywood.

Also in the cast are Paz Vega as Maria Callas, Milo Ventimiglia as Grace's PR agent Rupert Allan, Parker Posey and Derek Jacobi. EFE