Actress Meryl Streep to take on opera? She is in talks to play Maria Callas. Photo: Getty Images
It’s all about the music for Meryl Streep who is in talks to play opera legend Maria Callas and, elsewhere, a rock-loving mum.
Streep’s most famous musical venture to date is 2008’s ABBA-inspired rom-com Mamma Mia. But now she has two projects lined up with a musical bent.
Elliott Walker and Kate White rehearse the play Master Class in 2004. Photo: Ryan Osland
The acclaimed actor will play Maria Callas in a HBO version of hit Broadway play Master Class by Terrence McNally. In the play, Callas is running a class for students and weaves in stories about her own life and career in the midst of her lessons.
In the other project, she will appear alongside her daughter Mamie Gummer in a comedy Ricki and the Flash, by Juno’s Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody, reports The Wrap.
The Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme will helm the project, which is based around a rock-n-roll loving mother who sacrifices her family for her dreams but gets a chance to make amends.
Kevin Kline is in talks to play her husband. Gummer, 30, starred alongside her mother in 1986 drama Heartburn but has since established an acting career in her own right, with roles in The Good Wife and The Big C among others.
In Cody’s story, Kline and Streep will play rallying parents who come visit their daughter offering moral support when after she gets divorced from her adulterous husband.
The film will be released next year.