Angelina Jolie to play opera singer Maria Callas in upcoming biopic
Angelina Jolie will play the role of a legendary opera singer Maria Callas in a new biopic of spencerit is Pablo Larain. Married will tell the triumphant and tragic story of the soprano during her last isolated years in Paris in the 1970s.
Variety reports this Steven Knight will write the script for Married. It’s a passion project for Larrain, who said “Having the chance to combine my two deepest and personal passions, cinema and opera, has been a long-awaited dream.” Jolie commented on the arduous task of portraying an iconic figure like Callas, “I take the responsibility for Maria’s life and legacy very seriously. I will give everything I can to meet the challenge.”
After breaking up in 1995 The PiratesJolie first received critical attention for her role as a scene stealer in 1999 girl interrupted, which won him an Oscar. She has since made headlines in blockbusters like Mr and Mrs Smith, Maleficentand the first two grave robber films, while directing a number of feature films herself, most recently the historical drama of the Khmer Rouge First they killed my father. She was most recently seen in last year’s MCU epic Eternalsand then lead without bloodfeaturing Salma Hayek.
Chilean director Larrain is best known internationally for his two acclaimed English-language feature films; Jackiewhich featured Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedyand spencerfeaturing Kristen Stewart as princess diana, who both earned Oscar nominations for their lead roles; he also led the Stephen King miniseries Lisey’s story. Screenwriter Knight wrote the screenplay for spenceras good as Eastern promises, The girl in the spider’s weband pawn sacrifice; he has made three feature films from his own screenplays, including the Tom Hardy drama Locke and the much decried Matthew McConaughey mystery Serenity. He is also the co-creator of the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Born to Greek immigrant parents in 1923, Callas (née Sophie Cecilia Kalos) achieved worldwide fame and acclaim for her unconventional and distinctive voice, and her ability to inhabit the characters she portrayed, becoming one of the singers of most famous opera houses of the 20th century. However, in the mid-1950s she began to lose her voice, which was attributed to weight loss, health problems and psychological problems, and her career was overshadowed by scandals, including her tumultuous relationship with his mother and a long-running affair with the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. She was reclusive for several years before dying in 1977 of a heart attack, aged 53. His life was previously adapted to the cinema by his friend the director Franco Zeffirelliwho did callas forever in 2002, featuring Fanny Ardent.
Married will be produced by Juan de Dios Larrain for Fabula Photos, Lorenzo Miéli for The Apartment Pictures (a Fremantle company), and Jonas Dornbach for Komlizen Film.