Hollywood has been trying forever to bring the story of opera legend Maria Callas to the big screen. Years and years ago Eva Mendes was attached to a project that never happened, while last year Meryl Streep was briefly linked to a movie that would’ve been helmed by the late Mike Nichols. But perhaps churning the longest in development has been “Callas,” based on the Alfonso Signorini book “Too Proud, Too Fragile.” Eva Green was at one point slated to lead but moved on from the project, and four years ago, “Whale Rider” helmer, Niki Caro, signed up to direct. That was pretty much the last we heard of it, but it looks like things are pushing ahead.
Noomi Rapace is now in the lead role, and the first promo image from the movie has arrived as the project makes the sales rounds at the Cannes Film Festival. Caro has written the script which will focus on the singer’s extramarital relationship with shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
No word yet on when this actually might start filming, but let’s hope it’s not stuck in development hell for too much longer. [Screen Daily]