There is a lot happening at Netflix lately. There’s been some bad news, like the announcement the company would stop streaming The Office in 2021. But there are exciting developments too, like tons more Queer Eye and even a series all about Dolly Parton.
Among those new developments is a star-packed musical we can’t wait to see. Back in June 2019, Deadline reported that Glee and Scream Queens creator Ryan Murphy is getting started on a massive film called The Prom, starring Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep. Those two icons are just the tip of the iceberg. (Ariana Grande was rumored to be involved for a while but is not actually in the film.) The script is based on a Tony-nominated Broadway musical of the same name, and the cast is made up of a seemingly endless list of stars. Here’s what we know about the project so far.
It’s based on a Tony-nominated Broadway musical.
The Prom made its debut in Atlanta in 2016, and then it came to Broadway in 2018. It follows the story of two washed-up Broadway actors, Dee Dee Allen and Barry Glickman, who travel to Indiana to defend a high school girl’s right to take her girlfriend to prom. The show scored six Tony nominations earlier this year, including nods for Best Musical and Best Direction.
The cast is next-level good.
Streep plays Dee Dee Allen, and James Corden stars as her professional partner, Barry Glickman. The cast also includes Nicole Kidman and Andrew Rannells as friends of the actors, while Awkwafina plays a publicist. Over at the high school, Keegan-Michael Key takes on the role of the principal, who is also a love interest for Streep.
On October 10, 2019, Deadline reported that Kerry Washington had joined the cast.
The film is part of Ryan Murphy’s five-year Netflix deal.
Murphy previously made headlines for signing a five-year deal with Netflix, reportedly valued in the $250-to-$300-million range. Murphy has shared that he has about 10 projects in the works for Netflix, including three moves, four TV shows, and three documentaries.
The film will debut in December 2020.
December 11, to be exact.
Meryl Streep raps.
On November 20, a clip was released of Meryl Streep rapping empowering couplets in a new original song for the musical, titled “Wear Your Crown.” From “Gotta wear your crown or your tiara/now is the time to bust out the mascara” to “If your sparkle starts to fade/go out and start your own parade” to “If somebody starts in with new drama/just go high like Michelle Obama,” this song is all in on can-do attitude.
The first trailer looks amazing.
Netflix dropped the first clips from The Prom on October 22, 2020.
They also released new images from the movie.