Multi-Oscar-winner Meryl Streep is fast on her way to becoming known for her music-based projects. Today it was announced that Streep will be portraying the legendary opera singer, Maria Callas, in an HBO adaptation of Terrence McNally's 1995 Tony Award-winning play, Master Class, to be directed by frequent Streep collaborator, Mike Nichols.
The play, which Faye Dunaway had long hoped to turn into a film herself (she starred in a 1996 US touring production), is about the late-career opera diva - she passed away in 1977 - teaching a master class in voice at Julliard. Part lecture, part reverie, part inspirational life-lesson on art and sacrifice; Master Class and the role of the tempestuous, temperamental Maria Callas offers Steep the opportunity of a comedy/drama tour de force performance.
Filming has not yet begun on the project, but once an airdate has been set, any actress with designs on an Leading Role Emmy Award that year would do best to reschedule or just resign themselves to another Meryl Sweep.
Meryl Streep has worked with Mike Nichols previously in the films Silkwood, Postcards from the Edge, Heartburn, and Angels in America.
Meryl Streep can be seen this coming Christmas in the Disney adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. Meanwhile, fans of the histrionic can hope that perhaps Faye Dunaway will hold a press conference and give a real-life reenactment of the Mommie Dearest "This is outrageous!" speech, on the topic of having her years-long pet project slip through her fingers.