Al Pacino – to play role of Aristotle Onassis

The Hollywood actor will star as the Greek shipping magnate in a film that is set to bring about more controversy

Al Pacino at the age of 75, is reported to be starring in the role of legendary Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis in Fernando Meirelles’ upcoming biographical drama “Nemesis”.

The Brazilian director is best known for his work on “City of God” and “The Constant Gardener”. Meirelles has said that the film will be similar to “The Godfather”, and have Onassis as the center of the story. “Nemesis” will be a screen adaptation of the controversial Peter Evans’s book, Nemesis: The True Story of Aristotle Onassis, Jackie O, and the Love Triangle That Brought down the Kennedys.

According to Director Fernando Meirelles, the film would be “something like “The Godfather” but the famous Greek billionaire will be in the center of the story”.

“Nemesis” the book, focuses on magnate Aristotle Onassis’ contentious relationship with Bobby Kennedy who had investigated his business practices and barred him from trading within the U.S. The writer of the book, Peter Evans, asserts that their power struggle, which also included a battle over access with Jackie O, got so heated that Aristotle eventually financed the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.

Michael Fassbender is reported to play Bobby Kennedy. Filming start date is still unreported..

The film’s screenplay, produced by Pathe Inc., will bear the signature of Braulio Mantovani under the direction of Brazilian Academy Award nominee Fernando Meirelles’ (City of God, The Constant Gardener).

Al Pacino’s selection to star as the Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis has already made it the new Hollywood blockbuster. The film, Nemesis, will focus on Bob Kennedy’s vengeance. According to the book, Bobby Kennedy was behind the secret control over the companies of the Greek tycoon and banned his trading activities in the US. The icy relationship between the two men reached its climax when Onassis started publicly referring to Jacqueline Kennedy as Jackie O.

The film, which takes off in Argentina, where Onassis forcefully migrated to and ultimately started building his empire in the tobacco industry, will also dwell in and around Onassis’ addictive and destructive affair with Maria Callas as well as his competitive relationship with his shipping rival Stavros Niarchos.

The main theme is the business and personal complications with the Kennedy family. A 360 degree turn in the plot is expected to bring about even more controversy following Peter Evans’ claims that Aristotle Onassis conspired against Bob Kennedy, providing leads on how he financed the murder. The writer describes this twist as a secret that has been kept for three decades, while the possibility of Onassis being responsible for John’s murder is also mentioned.

Meirelles’ take on the script will reportedly be something like The Godfather, with the famous billionaire magnate at the centre of the story. Bob Kennedy’s character will be played by the Irish actor Michael Fassbender, 36, while the candidate’s name for the role of Jacqueline Kennedy remains undisclosed. Many scenes will be filmed on location at Skorpios island, now owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev’s daughter. The production of the film is estimated to reach 30 million dollars.


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