Meryl Streep to Play Maria Callas in HBO Movie

8:40 AM PST 06/19/2014 by Tatiana Siegel
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Meryl Streep

Based on Terrence McNally's play "Master Class," the TV movie will be directed by Streep's frequent collaborator Mike Nichols.

Meryl Streep is tuning up to play famed opera singer Maria Callas for HBO, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

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Based on Terrence McNally's play Master Class, the TV movie will be directed by Streep's frequent collaborator Mike Nichols. The play tackles Callas' days teaching students at New York City's Juilliard School in 1971.

HBO declined to comment, but a source close to Streep confirmed that the Oscar-winning actress has boarded the project.

Streep is expected to first team with her daughter Mamie Gummer for Jonathan Demme's Ricky and the Flash at Sony and would then turn her attentions to Master Class.

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Streep has already played real-life icons onscreen, including Margaret Thatcher and Julia Child.

She is repped by CAA and attorney Michael Gendler.

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