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Casting Call: Callas

She's done it before, but what do you think: Marion Cotillard, ready to play another doomed musical diva? We hope so, because Cotillard would be perfect as the tempestuous Maria Callas. 

Perhaps it's her model-like figure, but something about Eva Green just doesn't seem to fit the role of the curvaceous grande-dame of opera. Perhaps she'd be better as Vasso Devetzi, Callas' pianist and confidante, who allegedly snaked her way into Callas' heart (and her will), much to the chagrin of Callas' younger sisters.

Trapped in an unhappy marriage, Evangelia Callas was the typical stage mother: it was Evangelia who first discovered her daughter's vocal talent and later published a book about their difficult relationship, My Daughter—Maria Callas. The still-beautiful Catherine Deneuve could capture the poignancy of this frustrated mother.

Before Grey's Anatomy and that unfortunate musical episode, Sara Ramirez was a tony-winning Broadway actress stealing the show in Spamalot and A Class Act. Ramirez has the vocal power to play Callas' great rival, Italian soprano Renata Tibaldi.

Who other than Jeremy Irons has the charisma necessary to play Aristotle Onassis? As Jackie Onassis' second husband and the arch-nemesis of Stavros Niarchos (modern lust object Stavros Niarchos III's grandfather) Onassis was a notorious womanizer and Callas' longtime lover.

French actor, Alain Chabat romanced another French singer-actress, Charlotte Gainsbourg, in I Do (2006).  We'd love to see him as Maria Callas' thwarted first-husband, Giovanni Battista Meneghini.