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Ryan Murphy’s Netflix adaptation of the Tony-nominted Broadway musical The Prom announced its cast — and it’s a doozy.
Meryl Streep, Andrew Rannells, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Awkwafina and Keegan-Michael Key have all been tapped for the movie, according to Deadline.
With music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a book by Beguelin and Bob Martin, The Prom opened on Broadway last October.
It follows Indiana high school student Emma who unintentionally gets her senior prom canceled because she wanted to attend with another girl, Alyssa, as her date.
Meanwhile, in New York, four down on their luck Broadway stars hear about Emma’s story. They decide to travel to Indiana in support of her — and as an opportunity to improve their careers.
Who are these A-list stars playing in The Prom?
Streep and Corden are playing Dee Dee Allen and Barry Glickman, two aging theater actors who are self-involved and decide to take up ‘a cause’ to help their careers.
Both go through their own journeys in the show. Dee Dee learns to be more genuinely selfless, while Barry, a gay man, experiences things he missed out on growing up.
Rannells and Kidman, meanwhile, play Trent Oliver and Angie Dickinson, respectively.
Trent, a Juilliard graduate, recently landed in the cast of Godspell, while Angie is a lifelong chorus girl. At the start of the show, Angie quits her role in Chicago after the directors never let her audition for the lead role of Roxie Hart.
Finally, Awkwafina is playing the actors’ publicist and Key is playing Principal Hawkins, an ally to Emma and eventual love interest for Dee Dee.
A nationwide casting call is currently underway for the role of Emma. Her girlfriend, Alyssa, also hasn’t been cast yet.
Cast stirring controversy
Corden, who is straight, is playing a gay character. Fans aren’t happy and they’re continuing the conversation about straight actors playing gay characters on social media.
I can’t believe I’m upset on behalf of The Prom, a musical I found quite flawed, but it deserves better than James Corden playing the complex role of an aging queer man confronting & transcending a childhood of ostracism. Barry should have been played by someone who lived that.
— Aja (@ajaromano) June 25, 2019
Why is James Corden playing Barry in The Prom? Wouldn’t Ryan Murphy think it important to cast a gay man in that role? pic.twitter.com/lXcydcTom2
— Theatrical Haze (@TheatricalHaze) June 25, 2019
mom can you come pick me up they are trying to cast James Corden and Ariana Grande in the Prom movie musical
— adrianna (@aharris0922) June 25, 2019
The Broadway production of The Prom recently announced it’s closing in August.
Murphy is producing the film, which debuts on Netflix next year.
Update: 25 June, 2 pm PST
Previous reports stated Ariana Grande was cast as Alyssa.
Following controversry and criticism of Grande playing an LGBTI woman of color, Billboard reports Grande is not involved due to touring schedule conflicts.