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Angelina Jolie will be the lead actress in "Maria". Photo: WikiCommons
Angelina Jolie will be the lead actress in "Maria". Photo: WikiCommons

Angelina Jolie will star in Chilean director's movie

The actress will play soprano Maria Callas in Pablo Larrain's film about the mythical singer.

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This 'biopic' will review the artist's life, and according to the film's tagline, will tell "the tumultuous, beautiful and tragic story of the life of the world's greatest opera singer, revived and reimagined during her last days in Paris in the 1970s".

Larraín expressed his excitement at working on this project with the renowned actress, whom he described as "brave and curious". 

"Doing it with Angelina is a fascinating opportunity. A real gift", he said in a statement.

Likewise, Angelina also told of her admiration for the Chilean. "Pablo Larraín is a director I have admired for a long time. To have the opportunity to tell more of Maria's story with him, and with a script by Steven Knight, is a dream", Jolie told Variety.

The film will be produced by Fabula Pictures' Juan de Dios Larrain, along with Italy's Lorenzo Mieli (The Apartment Pictures) and Jonas Dornbach (Komlizen Film). In addition, "María" will be Larraín's reunion with "Spencer" screenwriter Steven Knight. 

About Larrain's filmography 

Pablo Larraín, gained further recognition in the world of the seventh art with the release of his first English-language film, "Jackie" in 2016, which starred Natalie Portman. The film examined the grief of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination. 

After "Jackie", the Chilean's next highly regarded work was last year's "Spencer", which turned Princess Diana's Christmas with the royal family into a taut, stylish thriller. Kristen Stewart, who stars in the film, was nominated for an Oscar, as was Portman. 

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