Here is Reuters news on the Zeffirelli Callas Film.
Friday April 6 3:00 AM ET
French actress Fanny Ardant trills Callas role
By David Rooney
ROME (Variety) - Veteran French actress Fanny Ardant has signed to
play the title role in ``Callas Forever,'' director Franco
Zeffirelli's film about the final chapter in the life oflegendary
opera diva Maria Callas. Jeremy Irons also stars.
Ardant replaces previously announced star Teresa Stratas. Location
shooting on the $18 million drama is set to start mid-July in Paris.
Production will move to Granada and Cordova in Spain before shifting
to Romania for studio work.
Scripted by Martin Sherman with Zeffirelli, the English-language film
chronicles the lonely last month of the singer's life in Paris in
summer 1977. Irons plays a manipulative theatrical impresario who
coaxes Callas out of retirement.
Zeffirelli said that despite earlier announcements, Greek soprano
Stratas withdrew from the production due to her fear of what is a
role for an experienced actress, not an opera singer.
Ardant previously played the diva in a Paris production of legit
drama ``Master Class.'' The collaboration of maisons Chanel and
Cartier has been secured to re-create clothing and jewels worn by
Callas during her life.
Wah Keung Chan, Publisher / L'Éditeur
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