EntertainmentAngelina Jolie as Maria Callas. The first photos came out

Angelina Jolie as Maria Callas. The first photos came out

Angelina Jolie will play Maria Callas.
Angelina Jolie will play Maria Callas.
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8:40 PM EDT, October 10, 2023

Angelina Jolie will play the famous singer Maria Callas. The life of the opera artist was filled with many loud scandals. The photos from the first fittings show how Jolie transforms into her character.

"Maria" is the third biographical film about great women of the 20th century made by director Pablo Larraina. Both "Jackie" about Jacqueline Kennedy, and "Spencer" about Princess Diana, gained worldwide recognition and brought their lead actresses, Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart, Oscar nominations. This time, it can be assumed that Angelina Jolie will have a chance for the statuette.

"Maria" tells the story of the life of the most famous soprano of the last century, Maria Callas, from the perspective of her last days spent in isolation from the world in Paris in 1977. Movie enthusiasts are wondering on the internet, primarily who will be the voice behind Jolie in the singing parts, and how much of the scandalous episodes described in the recent book "Cast a Diva: The Hidden Life of Maria Callas" by Lyndsy Spence will be developed in the biography of the main character.

The opera star was the unwanted daughter of her mother.

"Disappointed by the birth of a girl, Litsa turned her head to the window and for four days did not want to look at her" - writes Spence.

In later years, Maria's mother would treat her as a money-making machine, much like her first husband, Giovanni Meneghini, who was more than 20 years her senior.

"When I met her, she was fat, clumsy, dressed like a dog. A real Gypsy. She didn't have a penny and didn't have the slightest chance of making a career. Without me, she would be nobody" - Lyndsy Spence quotes the man.

However, what most captures the imagination of Maria Callas' fans is her relationship with Aristotle Onassis, who allegedly seduced her by slipping what is commonly known today as a roofie into her drink. Ultimately, the Greek multimillionaire abandoned the diva in 1968 for Jackie Kennedy. The singer reportedly paid a heavy price for this, suffering severe depression. After her performances in 1974, she secluded herself in Paris, where she died of a heart attack three years later, at the age of 53.

As reported by "The Hollywood Reporter", this final episode from the artist's life is to be the main point of reference for the film "Maria", in which the title role will be played by 48-year-old Angelina Jolie. Filming begins in October this year in Budapest. On her social media, the actress has posted the first photos in which she can be seen in her new role.

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