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Ryan Murphy to take Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande, Nicole Kidman, Awkwafina, and others to Netflix's Prom

Image: L to R: Streep (Dia Dipasupil), Grande (Kevin Winter), Murphy (Kevin Winter), Awkwafina (Dia Dipasupil), and Kidman (Dia Dipasupil (Getty Images)

Ryan Murphy is kicking off his shiny new Netflix deal with a bit of a bang: Per Deadline, Murphy has consulted his impressively stuffed Rolodex of big-name friends to help him bring his film adaptation of the Tony-nominated stage musical, The Prom, to life.

According to Deadline, Meryl Streep will play celebrated Broadway actress Dee Dee Allen who must rehabilitate her career after a disastrous turn alongside co-star Barry Glickman (James Corden) in a play about Eleanor Roosevelt. Fellow Broadway stars Angie Dickinson (Nicole Kidman) and Trent Oliver (Andrew Rannells) join their efforts in finding a good enough human interest cause to cast a favorable light on the desperate stage veterans. They end up finding the perfect subject: a girl named Emma who is not allowed to take her girlfriend to prom. The film will also star Ariana Grande, Awkwafina, and Keegan-Michael Key as Streep’s love interest and Emma’s principal, Principal Hawkins. As of now, the role of Emma has not been cast.

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Production is slated to begin in December and the film will have a brief theatrical release before hitting the streaming platform. Netflix seems to be betting on Broadway lately: It just closed a deal to bring the film adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick...Boom!, directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, to our queues.

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