Meryl Streep plays a washed-up Broadway star who decides to champion LGBTQ+ rights in Netflix’s highly-anticipated musical The Prom, alongside a star-studded cast that includes Kerry Washington, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande and more. Here’s everything we know so far…
When Meryl Streep signs up for a film, you know it’s time to get excited. Her bloodcurdling scream in the latest season of Big Little Lies was enough to remind us of the reasons behind her iconic status in the industry.
But when Arianna Grande is confirmed for the same project, it’s enough to cause hysteria.
This is why our interest has well and truly piqued over hearing the news that Streep and Grande have joined the cast for Netflix’s new musical: The Prom.
And they’re not the only big names causing a stir around the film. Nicole Kidman (who co-stars alongside Streep in BLL), James Corden and Awkwafina are just a few other stars working on The Prom, too. In October, Netflix announced that Kerry Washington would also be joining the musical.
The adaptation of the Tony-nominated musical will be helmed by Ryan Murphy (Pose, Glee, Feud) and filming will start in December. According to Deadline, it will be released in autumn 2020, ready for the awards season.
This will be the fourth highly-anticipated Netflix production that Murphy works on, as he is also delivering The Politician, Hollywood and Ratched as part of his five-year deal for the streaming service.
So, what is Netflix’s The Prom actually about?
Dee Dee Allen (Streep) is a Tony winner who teams up with Barry Glickman (Corden) in a flop musical about Eleanor Roosevelt.
After terrible reviews, the pair decide to champion a cause to resurrect their careers, with the help of fellow Broadway stars Angie Dickson (Kidman) and Trent Oliver (Andrew Rannells).
They find Emma (yet to be cast), a high school senior who isn’t allowed to take her girlfriend to the prom because of homophobic school policies in her hometown, and decide to help her.
Grande stars as popular school girl Alyssa, Awkwafina plays the group’s publicist, Ms. Sheldon, and Keegan-Michael Key is Streep’s love interest, Principal Hawkins.
See? We said it’s worth getting excited about.