By Devan Coggan
Updated May 13, 2015 at 02:32 PM EDT
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Noomi Rapace has signed on to play one of the most famous opera singers of all time: Maria Callas. Niki Caro (McFarland, USA) will direct Callas and has adapted the screenplay from Alfonso Signorini’s biography, Too Proud, Too Fragile. Content Media is introducing the film to distributors at Cannes.

Callas is considered to be one of the most influential female opera singers of the 20th century, and the biopic will focus on her passionate relationship with Aristotle Onassis, a romance that spanned almost two decades.

“This movie is about an extraordinary woman whose deepest desire is to lead an ordinary life with the man of her choice,” said Guido De Angelis, president of De Angelis Group, who are producing. “Callas was la Divina, a goddess, who just wanted to be a normal woman; she found out she couldn’t. It sounds like an ancient myth. … And we are absolutely thrilled that Noomi has come unboard, as she is dream casting for Callas. We are convinced she will be able to embody the indomitable spirit of such an important international icon.”

Content has also released the first image of Rapace as Callas.

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