Back in April, when prolific television producer Ryan Murphy announced that he would be adapting the hit Broadway musical The Prom into a film for Netflix, questions immediately began swirling around who would make up the colorful cast of characters. Now, more details have emerged.
On Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Murphy had tapped a star-studded cast for the upcoming film, including Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and James Corden as some of the film’s stars, and with Awkwafina, Keegan Michael-Key and Andrew Rannells playing supporting roles.
Deadline also reported that Streep is set to star as Broadway diva Dee Dee Allen, who falls out of the Great White Way’s good graces when her musical biography of Eleanor Roosevelt flops. To rehabilitate her public image, she teams up with her co-star Barry Glickman (Corden), and fellow actors Angie Dickinson (Kidman) and Trent Oliver (Rannells), to help a young girl named Emma whose decision to bring her girlfriend Alyssa to her Indiana high school’s prom led to it being cancelled by the bigoted PTA.
Other roles in the film including Key as the Indiana high school’s principal and love interest to Streep’s character, Principal Hawkins, and Awkwafina as the actors’ publicist Ms. Sheldon. While many of the roles have already been set, casting director Alexa Fogel is currently performing a national search to find the young actress to star as Emma.
The Prom is the fifth project officially announced by Murphy for Netflix, including his three upcoming original series, The Politician, Ratched and Hollywood, along with a film adaptation of the Broadway play The Boys in the Band. The producer also has two documentaries for the streaming giant in the works, neither of which have yet been announced.
UPDATE: This story originally said Ariana Grande was in the cast, but we’ve learned that it conflicts with her tour schedule and she won’t be involved.