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02/26/2013 10:43 am ET

Nicole Kidman As Grace Kelly: First Look At Actress As Legendary Screen Icon (PHOTO)

The first official images of Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly have been released and the resemblance is certainly striking.

Nicole plays Kelly in the upcoming biopic, "Grace of Monaco," about the legendary Hollywood beauty who gave up her acting career for the royal throne when she married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, the Telegraph notes.

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The first images of Kidman as Kelly show the Australian actress embodying the "High Noon" star's style, with frothy dresses and head scarves.

The 45-year-old portrays the Princess of Monaco between December 1961 and November 1962, when she was in her 30s trying to help her country during a time of political turmoil, Collider reports.

On Sunday, Deadline.com revealed that The Weinstein Company is finalizing a deal to acquire the domestic rights to Olivier Dahan's "Grace Of Monaco." The film is set to be released in December, in the middle of awards season, and may be an Oscar contender for Harvey Weinstein.

Kidman already has an Oscar win to her name.

At this stage of her career, the actress is committed to longevity in a business that caters to youth. This strategy includes honing in on character parts rather than only lead roles.

“My desire, particularly now as I get older, is to play character roles,” she told Radio Times via the Independent. “'The Paperboy' is a character role and so is 'Stoker,' and 'Grace of Monaco.' And it's a great thing being a character actor - the leading lady thing is fine but the interesting stuff is the character parts.”

“I'm not good when I have to be the girl next door," Kidman added. "The more extreme the better, in a way.”

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