Director Ryan Murphy has landed two more major castings in his forthcoming adaptation of the Broadway musical, “The Prom,” for Netflix. Emmy-winning and Oscar-winning actresses Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman have been added to Murphy’s feature film, a take on the book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, with an original concept from Jack Viertel. “The Prom” follows the story of four famous Broadway actors as they travel to the fictional conservative town of Edgewater, Indiana. They hear about a lesbian student who was not allowed to bring her girlfriend to high school prom and intend to help out. The adaptation will also star Awkwafina (“Crazy Rich Asians”), James Corden, Ariana Grande, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells.
Streep is set to play two-time Tony winner Dee Dee Allen and Corden will play Barry Glickman, both of whom see their play on Eleanor Roosevelt bashed by the New York Times. Elsewhere, Rannells will play Trent Oliver, an actor down on his luck, and Kidman will play 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 romantic interest for Dee Dee Allen and Awkwafina will play a publicist, Ms. Sheldon.
Kidman and Streep both star in the latest season of the Emmy award-winning HBO series, “Big Little Lies,” which follows the mishaps and deceits in the Monterrey, California beach town. Kidman, who plays Celeste in the show, won an Emmy for her performance in the drama, which has Streep newly-casted in the latest season. This could shape up a strong case for her own nomination out of the show, which seems to house stunning performances across the board.
Murphy, who helmed producer titles over “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story” and directed plenty of episodes of television, sets the stage for this feature film take on Beguelin’s Tony-nominated musical. “The Prom” is Murphy’s first film project under Netflix after leaving 20th Century Fox Television for the $300 million streaming platform deal.