May 13, 2015

Lead actress in Niki Caro's high-profile Maria Callas biopic revealed

After a long wait and speculation about who would take the title role, 'Callas' details have been announced.

First she was the girl with the dragon tattoo. Now, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace trades in her piercings and leather jacket for Van Cleef & Arpels to play the most iconic diva of all time, Maria Callas.

The biopic, titled simply Callas, has been a passion project for New Zealand-born filmmaker Niki Caro (Whale Rider), whose screenplay (based on Alfonso Signorini’s biography Too Proud, Too Fragile) focuses on the romance and ill-fated affair between the star opera singer and shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. The relationship ended in 1968 when the latter left a devastated Callas for presidential widow Jacqueline Kennedy.

Heartbreak and tragedy are as much a part of the La Divina legend as the voice and glamour, all inextricably woven together in her art.

The filmmakers will be pitching the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival this week.