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Two biopics have been announced at the Cannes Film Festival.

Noomi Rapace will play American-born Greek opera singer Maria Callas, one of the greatest divas of all time. The film will focus on the two decade affair with Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis which ended in 1968 after he met Jacqueline Kennedy. Rapace rose to fame when she played Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Natalie Portman is set to play Jackie Kennedy in a film that pays tribute to Jackie Kennedy’s courage in the aftermath of her husband’s assassination. The film reunites Portman with Darren Aronofsky, who directed her Oscar-winning performance in the thriller Black Swan. Aronofsky has signed up as a producer.

We take a look back at five previous biopics, some more successful than other.

My Week with Marilyn

In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of 'The Prince and the Showgirl'. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller (Dougray Scott).

Coco Before Chanel

Coco Before Chanel is the story of Gabrielle Coco Chanel, who began her life as headstrong orphan, and through an extraordinary journey became the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style. The film portrays the formative years of Chanels life, the years of Chanel spent discovering and inventing herself. Audrey Tautou stars as Chanel.

The Kennedys

Inspired by one of the world's most iconic families, this eight-part scripted drama/miniseries ventures upstairs at the White House to chronicle the saga of America's first "royal" family during the 1960s. Through exhaustive research, THE KENNEDYS provides an intimate look at how Joseph Kennedy, Sr. Stars Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy.

I’m Not There

Academy Award® nominee Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven) presents an unconventional biopic of the legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan. Six actors, including Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere, Christian Bale and Ben Whishaw, portray Dylan as a series of shifting personae. From the public to the private to the fantastical, I'm Not There weaves together a rich and colourful portrait of this ever-elusive American icon.

Grace of Monaco

From the director of La Vie en Rose, Grace of Monaco is the real-life fairytale of one of the twentieth century's most iconic women - Grace Kelly - as she strives to reconcile her past and her present: a yearning for a return to the big screen, her newfound role as a mother of two, and the monarch of a European principality as wife to Prince Rainier III. Nicole Kidman plays Grace of Monaco.

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