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Meryl Streep cast as opera star Maria Callas

1 of 1 Meryl Streep will play opera legend Maria Callas
Meryl Streep will play opera legend Maria Callas

She's played Anna Wintour, Margaret Thatcher and Julia Child and now Meryl Streep is gearing up to play opera legend Maria Callas. 

The 64-year-old, multiple Oscar-winning actress, has joined the cast of Master Class, a HBO film based on Terrence McNally's play about the iconic diva teaching students at elite music school Juilliard in 1971.

The New York Post reports Mike Nichols, who Streep has worked with previously on a number of movies, is set to direct.

Master Class is scheduled to begin filming in January when Streep completes work on Ricky and the Flash.

Ricky and the Flash tells the story of a fading rock star who tries to reconnect with her family. Streep has apparently been getting guitar lessons from a high-profile teacher.

A source said: ''Meryl is learning the tricks of the guitar trade from none other than legendary Neil Young.''

Master Class, which debuted on Broadway in 1995, sees Callas reminisce about her career and personal life, including being dumped by Aristotle Onassis for Jacqueline Kennedy.

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