Meryl Streep will star as tragic opera diva Maria Callas in the upcoming HBO adaptation of Terrence McNally’s Master Class. The New York Post reports that Mike Nichols will helm the telefilm, which starts filming in January 2015.
Master Class, which won the 1996 Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Actress (Zoe Caldwell as Callas) and Best Featured Actress (Audra McDonald as a student singer), recounts various moments in the bombastic Greek diva’s life, including her younger years as an ugly duckling, professional rivalries and her affair with Ari Onassis, who gilted her to marry Jackie Kennedy in 1968.
Most recently, Tyne Daly starred as Calals in a 2011 Broadway revival of Master Class.
Streep’s been the go-to actress for adaptations of everything from Angels in America to the upcoming film version of Into the Woods, and has won acclaim for playing real-life personalities like Karen Silkwood, Margaret Thatcher, Julia Child and a thinly veiled Carrie Fisher in Postcards From the Edge.
Is there anything they won’t sign Streep for? We hear there’s a Point Break remake in the works.