Following his massive five-year signing with the streaming giant, Ryan Murphy has announced his biggest project yet with Netflix: an adaptation of a hit Broadway musical.
Murphy will produce a film adaptation for The Prom, Deadline reports. Filming will begin in December and feature a star-studded cast, including Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Andrew Rannells, Awkwafina and Keegan-Michael Key.
The Prom premiered on Broadway last year and will close its doors his August. The book was by Bob Martin and Chad Beguilen, with lyrics by Beguilen and music by Matthew Sklar. The story follows two veteran Broadway performers (Streep and Corden) who recently endured a major flop. Hoping to reverse their career narrative and get better PR (with help from their publicist played by Awkwafina), they decide to find a charitable cause. The pair decide to help an Indiana high school student named Emma, whose prom is cancelled because she wants to bring her girlfriend.
Producers are currently conducting a nationwide search to fill the lead role of Emma, while Grande will take on the role of Alyssa, Emma’s closeted girlfriend. Kidman and Rannells will star as two other struggling and less veteran Broadway performers who help with the “cause” while Key will portray the sympathetic principal.
The news of The Prom adaptation follows Murphy’s other projects for Netflix. Also in the works are three series’ (The Politicians, Ratched, and Hollywood), two unspecified documentaries and another movie stage adaptation (The Boys in the Band).
The Prom is on track to premiere in fall 2020 with a limited theatrical release before debuting on Netflix.