Ryan Murphy is set to direct a feature adaptation of the award-winning musical The Prom for Netflix, and he’s got a stellar cast.
Ryan Murphy is just barely into his massive, five-year deal with Netflix, and he’s already doing some pretty amazing things. He’s set to direct and produce a feature-length adaptation of the musical The Prom for the streamer, and he’s lined up one hell of a cast.
As Deadline reports, Murphy has managed to get James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells, and the queen herself, Meryl Streep to star. With an amazing cast like this, Murphy is launching his career into a whole new stratosphere, and we’re so excited to see where he goes from here.
Streep is set to play the role of Tony Award-winner Dee Dee Allen as she teams with James Corden’s character Barry Glickman to star in a doomed musical about Eleanor Roosevelt. After the negative reaction to the musical tanks their careers, they decide to find a cause to get them back in the public’s good graces. The cause they choose is helping a teen, Emma, as she works to fight for her right to take her girlfriend to her prom.
Production on The Prom is set to begin in December to prepare for a fall 2020 release date. It will open in movie theaters before releasing to Netflix, which will be perfect for the film’s awards season release.
Of course, this isn’t the only stage adaptation Murphy is bringing to Netflix. He is also working to bring the Tony Award-winning play The Boys in the Band to the streamer, which is set to begin production in July.
Ryan Murphy is doing some amazing things over at Netflix, and with the outstanding cast he’s assembled for The Prom (Deadline reports they were all Murphy’s first choices for the roles), we know this movie is going to be amazing. Plus, with the musical’s message of inclusiveness, this is truly an important story to tell right now.
The Prom will premiere in theaters and on Netflix in fall of 2020, but you can get a sneak peek at the show by checking out the original Broadway cast’s recording, available now.