Update, June 26: Brace yourselves, because Billboard confirmed that Ariana Grande will not, in fact, star in The Prom for Netflix after extending her Sweetener Tour, which will run through the end of the year. Maybe they’ll still have the character in a ponytail as a tribute?
Earlier this year Ryan Murphy announced that he’d be adapting the hit Broadway musical The Prom into a movie for Netflix. Now, we know who will be starring in that movie, thanks to Deadline, and the cast is a gag and a half.
Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Ariana Grande will lead the cast of Netflix’s adaptation, and the thought of Meryl and Ariana in the same movie musical has gays everywhere shrieking at a decibel previously undiscovered by science. Rounding out the cats are James Corden, Andrew Rannells, Awkwafina, and Keegan-Michael Key.
The Prom follows a group of washed up Broadway actors who journey to Indiana hoping to revitalize their careers by helping a lesbian teenager who has been denied the right to attend her school prom with her girlfriend. Streep will play Dee Dee Allen, a Tony-winning diva who teams up with Corden's Barry Glickman (who is gay...and being played by James Corden...ugh) after their failed Elanor Roosevelt musical. They’re joined by dancer Angie Dickinson (Kidman) and Trent Oliver (Rannells).
Grande will play popular teen mean girl Alyssa, whose mother heads the PTA and is out to get Emma, the queer teen. Spoiler alert: Alyssa is also Emma’s secret love interest. Yes, Ariana is playing gay...gay rights (take that, James). Awkwafina will play the group’s publicist, Ms. Sheldon, while Key plays Streep’s love interest, Principal Hawkins. A nationwide search is being conducted to find an actress to play Emma.
Murphy will begin shooting The Prom in December, with an awards season theatrical release in 2020 before the film premieres on Netflix.
During a special performance of The Prom in April where Murphy announced the adaptation, he told the audience that he is “tired of hearing about bad news and Trump. I want to see entertainment that is optimistic and uplifting."