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Ryan Murphy has set the key roles for his upcoming movie version of the Broadway musical The Prom for Netflix, including Oscar- and Emmy-winning actresses Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The film adaptation of The Prom, based on an original concept by Jack Viertel and a book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, will also star Awkwafina, James Corden, Ariana Grande, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells.
The Prom dances around the experiences of an Indiana lesbian teenager who wants to bring her girlfriend to her school’s big dance. Instead, they’re banned from attending as a couple, prompting a cast of Broadway eccentrics to descend on the teens’ small-town home to help fight the injustice.
Streep is set to play two-time Tony winner Dee Dee Allen and Corden will play Barry Glickman, Broadway co-stars who see their Eleanor Roosevelt bio-musical bashed by The New York Times, sparking a crisis that prompts them to try to make over their image by adopting a cause. Joining their crusade, Rannells will play Trent Oliver, an actor down on his luck, and Kidman will take on the role of Angie Dickinson, a veteran chorus girl.
Other casting will see Grande play the daughter of the PTA head, Key serve as the school principal and romantic interest for Dee Dee and Awkwafina will play a publicist, Ms. Sheldon.
Murphy is adapting the Broadway show as the first movie project announced under his Netflix deal. The prolific producer behind American Horror Story and American Crime Story left 20th Century Fox Television for a mega-deal at the streaming giant worth $300 million.
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