The plot follows four stage stars (Streep, Kidman, Corden, Andrew Rannells) whose careers have hit a downturn. When they discover that a high school student, Emma (Jo Ellen Pellman), in small-town Indiana is being told she cannot attend prom with her girlfriend, they decide to head to the town in the hope that backing this cause will help their public images.
The film is directed by Ryan Murphy, known for creating hit shows such as Glee and American Horror Story, and is based on the 2018 Broadway musical of the same name. Murphy certainly has a hit track record, and taking his Glee stylings to a more ambitious level as a feature could prove to be a winner. The trailer teases a colourful, highly energetic musical; fingers crossed the cheese doesn’t grate and the themes of acceptance and inclusivity are handled well. Looking forward to it!
The Prom, also starring Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells, Ariana DeBose, and Kerry Washington, will be hitting Netflix and select US cinemas on December 11th.
Official synopsis for The Prom:
The Prom follows Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony Award winner James Corden) who are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose). When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.