Dunaway Filming "Master Class" in Detroit

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[caption id="attachment_2050" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Faye Dunaway in Master Classphoto by Joan Marcus"]Faye Dunaway in <I>Master Class</I>[/caption]

Academy Award-winning actress Faye Dunaway is at work shooting a film adaptation of Terrence McNally's Tony-winning 1995 play Master Class in Detroit, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Dunaway, who starred as American-born Greek opera diva Maria Callas in the national tour of McNally's play, is reportedly directing and starring in the film. Dunaway has owned the film rights to the stage property for over a decade. Al Pacino was at one point announced to portray Aristotle Onassis, Dunaway revealed to Playbill in 1998.

Raleigh Studios Detroit is serving as the production offices for the film, which is seeking extras through Nov. 18 in the Detroit area, according to an extras casting notice.

McNally's play is inspired by Callas' Juilliard master classes, which were preserved on tape. For the stage production, McNally imagined the soprano reliving her stage triumphs and personal tragedies as she interacts with young, hopeful performers.

Dunaway is known for her film roles in "Bonnie and Clyde," "Mommie Dearest," "Chinatown," "Network," "After the Fall," "Evita Peron" and "The Country Girl."

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