A big-name cast is coming together to star in a Netflix musical.
Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Ariana Grande, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells are set to star in a feature adaptation of Tony-nominated stage musical The Prom. Directing and producing the film is Ryan Murphy, the Glee and American Horror Story creator who is currently in the first year of a five-year deal with the streaming giant.
Deadline broke the news, reporting that Streep will be playing stage star Dee Dee Allen, whose career takes a big hit when she leads a flop musical about Eleanor Roosevelt. After the musical flops with terrible reviews, she, Barry Glickman (Corden) and Broadway stars Angie Dickinson (Kidman) and Trent Oliver (Rannells) decide they’ll champion a cause to get their careers back on track. The cause: a high school senior named Emma, who has been told she isn’t allowed to take her girlfriend to prom. The search is still on for who will play Emma.
Awkwafina is on board as the group’s publicist and Key will be playing Streep’s love interest and Emma’s principal, her ally. Grande will be playing the popular daughter of the head of the PTA and will also be producing the film’s soundtrack with Murphy and her manager, Scooter Braun.
It’s quite the cast, reportedly all of Murphy’s first choices, agreeing to come on after seeing the themes of inclusion and tolerance in the Tony Award-nominated musical.
The screenplay comes from Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, the music and lyrics will come from Beguelin and Matthew Sklar, and Murphy is producing alongside Alexis Woodall, Bill Damaschke, and Dori Berinstein.
No surprise that Netflix will be aiming for some award love with this one. The film is expected to start shooting in December with a plan to release in the 2020 awards season, hitting cinemas first to be eligible for the Academy Awards.