What do I have in common with Angelina Jolie?
Well, not a lot at first glance but it turns out there is something, or rather someone.
Because, funnily enough, before I began putting quill to parchment on this latest missive to you, dear reader, I was idly doom-scrolling through social media.
I’d heard some rumours about a forthcoming biopic about the wonderful Maria Callas and that “Angie” (as her mates call her) would be starring in the role.
So imagine the irony when I discovered that the Hollywood icon has been verbally sparring with her with daddy on social media.
Not about her baby, about that Trump fella (insert childish observation here).
Yes, that’s counter-culture icon John Voight.
Turns out he’s quite the Trump fan now – stop giggling at the back!
Now I’m vaguely aware that Angelina has done a lot of positive stuff in her UN role so this must be making for some awkward conversations around the Thanksgiving dinner table this year!
Whilst most of La Jolie’s body of work has passed me by, she’s clearly very talented and certainly has huge screen presence and charisma.
Can she pull off this role though?
Will she be singing?
Will they dub over her like they did with Renee Fleming in “Bel Canto” for Julianne Moore?
In what must have taken the writing team hours of creative thought, “Maria” is set during Callas’ final days in 1970s Paris.
Don’t expect it to be all glitz and glamour, this is likely going to be rather gritty as it is based on “true accounts” of Callas’ life and let’s face it, it wasn’t all kittens and sunshine!
It was a life filled with music for sure and a whole heap of passion but also tragedy.
Jolie shot to fame playing the role of “Gia Carangi” way back so she won’t flinch from telling the tragic story that ended with a heart attack aged just 54 and has commented that;
“I take very seriously the responsibility to Maria’s life and legacy. I will give all I can to meet the challenge.”
Quite why her syntax caused her to temporarily become “Yoda” is beyond my comprehension but I wish her well – wonder what her dad will make of it.
The film is due to be released in 2024.