Angelina Jolie to Star as Maria Callas in New Film ‘Maria’

By Francisco Salazar

Angelina Jolie will star in a new biopic “Maria” about Maria Callas.

Variety is reporting that the film will be directed by Oscar nominee Pablo Larraín and will “tell the tumultuous, beautiful, and tragic story of the life of the world’s greatest opera singer, relived and re-imagined during her final days in 1970s Paris.”

Steven Knight, who penned “Spencer,” will write the script.

In a statement, the Chilean director said, “Having the chance to combine my two most deep and personal passions, cinema and opera, has been a long-awaited dream. To do this with Angelina, a supremely brave and curious artist, is a fascinating opportunity. A true gift.”

Jolie added, “I take very seriously the responsibility to Maria’s life and legacy. I will give all I can to meet the challenge. Pablo Larraín is a director I have long admired. To be allowed the chance to tell more of Maria’s story with him, and with a script by Steven Knight, is a dream.”

Larraín previously directed two biopics, last year’s “Spencer” starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana and 2016’s “Jackie” with Natalie Portman as Kennedy Onassis. Both actresses went on to garner best actress nominations at the Oscars.

“Maria” will be produced by Juan de Dios Larraín for Fabula Pictures, Lorenzo Mieli for The Apartment Pictures, a Fremantle Company, and Jonas Dornbach for Komlizen Film.