Netflix has announced the starry ensemble cast for Ryan Murphy’s film adaptation of the musical Prom. 

The adaptation of the Tony-nominated play will star Keegan-Michael Key in a key role. He’s a part of the ensemble cast that includes Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande Awkwafina and Andrew Rannells.

Deadline, who broke the news said the production will commence in December with a release date in fall 2020 targeted for awards season.

This is Murphy’s fourth Netflix project under his overall deal. The Politicians, Ratched and Hollywood are the series he’s developed so far, with the first coming soon.

The description: In Prom, Streep will play Dee Dee Allen, a two-time Tony winner who teams 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 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. A nationwide search led by casting director Alexa Fogel is on to fill the role of Emma. Grande will star as Alyssa, a popular daughter of the head of the PTA. Awkwafina will play the group’s publicist Ms. Sheldon, and Key will play Streep’s love interest and Emma’s ally, Principal Hawkins.

Grande will co-produce the soundtrack with her manager Scooter Braun and Murphy.

This announcement comes as the first season of Murphy’s FX series, Pose, is garnering critical acclaim for its second season while its first season is receiving red hot Emmy buzz.


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