(Deadline) “Not yet a year into his expensive five-year deal with Netflix, Ryan Murphy is about to deliver his biggest get for the streamer. Deadline hears he will direct and produce the feature adaptation of the Tony-nominated stage musical The Prom and has secured a cast that puts Netflix in new starpower territory.
Meryl Streep will star alongside James Corden, Nicole Kidman and Ariana Grande, with Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells playing key roles. Sources said Murphy will get underway directing the film adaptation of the Broadway hit in December, for a fall 2020 awards season release in theaters before it airs on the streamer.”
Netflix has obviously been dipping their toe in the water with bigger and bigger projects, but musical is a whole different animal. It’s hard to start off on better footing, though, with the classical acting chops of Streep and Kidman, the comedy (and low key good voices) of Key, Awkwafina and Corden, and the INCREDIBLE grammy-winning voices of both Grande and Rannells. The actual concept of the Tony-nominated play this is being adapted from is pretty funny, at least as per my good friend Wikipedia.
“The musical follows four long-ago famous Broadway actors as they travel to the fictional conservative town of Edgewater, Indiana, after reading about a lesbian student who was not allowed to bring her girlfriend to high school prom. They want to help, but mostly they want to soak up the good press and be relevant again.”
I like that, mostly because it sounds like the plot of an episode of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’.
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