Olivier Granier from France's Galfin has joined Spain's Alquimia as a co-producer of Franco Zeffirelli's upcoming drama Callas Forever.

Fanny Ardant stars in the film which focuses on the last few months of the opera diva's life. Other cast members include Spanish actors Angela Molina, Manuel de Blas and the UK's Jeremy Irons.

Riccardo Tozzi, Marco Chimenz and Giovanni Stabilini are producing for Rome-based Cattleya, with Medusa Film co-producing and handling international sales.

Cameras are set to start rolling on July 23rd in Paris, Spain and Romania.

Cattleya's upcoming production slate also includes Cristina Comencini's Il Giorno piu Bello della mia Vita, Michele Placido's Una Donna, Enzo Monteleone's El Alamein, Sandro Dionisio's La Volpe a 3 Zampe and two remakes: one of Spanish comedy Cha Cha Cha, to be directed by Switzerland's Barbara Kulcsar, and one of Groundhog Day to be directed by Giulio Manfredonia.

Una Donna, Michele Placido's film, starts shooting at the end of August with lead roles going to Laura Morante, who played Nanni Moretti's wife in The Son's Room, and Italian actor-of-the-moment Stefano Accorsi (The Last Kiss, Ignorant Fairies).

Il Giorno piu Bello della mia Vita, directed by Cristina Comencini, will star Margherita Buy (Ignorant Fairies), Luigi Lo Cascio (The Hundred Steps) and long-acclaimed Italian actress Virna Lisi.

La Volpe a 3 Zampe will be co-produced by Naples outfit Teatri Uniti and is scheduled for a mid-September start. Cast members include Miranda Otto, who featured in What Lies Beneath and will shortly be seen in Peter Jackson's upcoming Lord of the Rings, and Nadia Huhl.

Enzo Monteleone's El Alamein is a $5 million epic on the legendary battle.

Groundhog Day, an Italian-language remake of the hugely successful Bill Murray comedy, will star local comic actor Diego Abantantuono in the lead role.