Casting: Streep, Vikander, Lawrence, Bierman

Master Class
Meryl Streep is being tipped to play famed opera singer Maria Callas in HBO’s telemovie “Master Class”. Mike Nichols helms the adaptation of Terrence McNally’s play about Callas’ days teaching students at New York City’s Juilliard School in 1971. [Source: THR]

The Light Between Oceans
Alicia Vikander (“A Royal Affair,” “The Seventh Son”) is closing a deal to star with Michael Fassbender in the Derek Cianfrance-directed adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s novel “The Light Between Oceans” for DreamWorks.

The story follows a lighthouse keeper on a remote island in Australia who, with his wife, rescues a baby they find in a rowboat and raise it as their own. The Swedish actress is expected to shoot both it and Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” this Fall. [Source: Deadline]

Oona Lawrence (“Matilda the Musical”) will play Leila Hope, the daughter of Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams’ characters, in “Southpaw” for The Weinstein Company.

Antoine Fuqua helms the story of a welterweight champion (Gyllenhaal) who fights his way to the top to find fame and success, but his home life deteriorates around him. [Source: THR]

The Tree House
Erika Bierman (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) has joined David M. Evans’ indie drama “The Tree House” for Bottomed Out Entertainment. Chris Noth also stars.

The story revolves around a family tree house that becomes the battleground between a rag-tag group of friends and the neighborhood bullies who want it for their own. [Source: THR]