Fresh off of his newly-signed five year deal with Netflix, Ryan Murphy is ready to give streamers a big production. The producer announced that he will be turning his Tony-nominated musical The Prom into a film adaption and now the star-studded cast has officially been announced.
If you were hoping the Glee creator would keep the Broadway cast you will sad to hear that isn’t the case. Instead, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande, and James Corden are all slated to star in the feature adaptation of the Broadway show.
Sources close to the project revealed that Murphy will be taking on the director role for the film, which is slated to begin filming in December. Just in time for the fall 2020 awards season.
In Prom, Streep will star as Dee Dee Allen, a two-time Tony winner who teams up with Corden’s Barry Glickman in a flop musical about Eleanor Roosevelt. After career-ending reviews, they decide, along with Broadway babies Kidman as Angie Dickinson and Andrew Rannells as Trent Oliver, to champion a cause to rehabilitate their careers. They find one in Emma, a high school senior in Indiana who isn’t allowed to take her girlfriend to the prom.
Grande will star as Alyssa, a popular daughter of the head of the PTA. Also cast in the film is breakout star Awkwafina who will play the group’s publicist Ms. Sheldon, and Keegan-Michael Key will play Streep’s love interest and Emma’s ally, Principal Hawkins.
Emma has yet to be cast, but knowing Murphy’s previous casting choices fans can expect to see a familiar face from a previous Ryan Murphy production.