EXCLUSIVE: Why Casting Monica Bellucci on ‘Mozart’ Is a Full Circle Moment for Roman Coppola

  • A major addition to the Golden Globe-winning series, Mozart in the Jungle, is Monica
    Bellucci, who plays Italian diva Alessandra in season three.
  • With the New York orchestra still in a labor dispute,
    Maestro Rodrigo De Souza (Gael Garcia Bernal) accepts an offer in Venice to
    conduct a comeback performance for the aging diva, also known as “La Fiamma.” At an age where she has to make a decision about her voice
    and repertory, Alessandra is caged by her own limitations, setting off an
    emotional roller coaster ride for both the conductor and opera singer.
  • “We’re not trying to be so realistic, but we like to be
    authentic,” says Roman Coppola, who serves as executive producer, writer and
    director of the Amazon series. While the show considered the age at which an
    opera singer’s voice might change, they thought that Bellucci, 52, was a perfect
    fit regardless. “She felt authentic.”
  • “She’s Italian, she’s fiery, and obviously, very beautiful
    and interesting and dynamic,” Coppola adds. “So, it just seemed like a no-brainer.”
  • And casting the actress in the coveted role was no
    coincidence for Coppola. Keeping with his family’s (unofficial) tradition of
    working with familiar collaborators, Bellucci’s addition was a full circle moment
    for the filmmaker.
  • Early in his career, Coppola served as a visual effects second
    unit director on 1992’s Bram Stroker’s
    Dracula, suggesting to his father, director Francis Ford Coppola, that he
    cast her as one of the brides opposite Gary Oldman, who played the title role
    in the romantic drama. It was Bellucci’s third major film role. “So, when it
    came up that she could be in Mozart,
    it pleased me,” Coppola says, admitting that he never brought it up to her
    after she was cast on the show.
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  • Following the critically acclaimed film, which was a box office smash and won three Academy Awards, Bellucci had a celebrated career, working on Italian and French language films. In 1996, she was nominated for a Cesar Award for The Apartment and international acclaim for Malèna and Irréversible. Over a decade after Dracula, she was cast as Persephone in the final two Matrix films, which she followed with The Passion of the Christ and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
  • Most recently, Bellucci was cast in Spectre, making her the James Bond franchise’s oldest Bond girl to date. “For the first time in history, James Bond is going to have a story with a mature woman,” she told The Sunday Timesabout the role and, in fitting fashion, Daniel Craig also told ET casting her was a “no-brainer.”
  • “I’m not going to take any credit for her career, but it’s fun to know that you were involved with the early choice of bringing someone to the screen,” Coppola adds.
  • Following Mozart in the Jungle, which is now streaming on Amazon Prime, Bellucci will next be seen in the highly anticipated continuation of Twin Peaks, when the drama returns on Showtime in 2017.

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