Just weeks after Meryl Streep and her veneers made their television debut in Big Little Lies, the Oscars’s mainstay is confirmed to star in Netflix’s forthcoming The Prom – with none other than Ariana Grande as a co-star, according to Deadline. The powerhouse duo is part of a string of celebrities slated to appear in Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the Broadway musical. Already confirmed are James Corden, Awkwafina, and Streep’s on-screen “Monterey 5” daughter-in-law Nicole Kidman.
Filled with Broadway parodies and in-jokes, the musical’s narrative follows stage legends Dee Dee Allen (Streep) and Barry Glickman (Corden), who join up on a biopic of Eleanor Roosevelt’s life, only for it to flop. Desperate to breathe fresh life into their careers, the pair taps Broadway darling Angie Dickinson (Kidman) and takes on a cause as part of a PR exercise managed by their publicist (Awkwafina). Their undertaking of choice? Indiana-based teenager Emma, whose school has forbidden her from bringing her girlfriend to the prom.
While the part of Emma has yet to be cast, Grande will appear as her closeted girlfriend Alyssa, a queen bee whose mother runs the Parent Teacher Association. With its strong themes of diversity and inclusion, it’s a natural fit for the Grammy winner, a vocal proponent of LGBTQIA+ rights. Best of all? Grande is joining forces with Murphy and her manager, Scooter Braun, to produce the soundtrack. Filming is set to begin at the end of 2019, with a Netflix premiere slated for 2020.