You’re on the cusp of taking the next big step in life. It’s been a long road to get here, but the finish line is in sight. So why not cut loose a little with friends and reminisce about all the best moments? Prom is that and so much more, especially if you have someone special at your side. Someone to pose for a picture and share a slow dance with. Some unexpected guests make sure “The Prom” has all those bases covered for one particular couple.
Helming the new Netflix project—an adaptation of Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, and Matthew Sklar’s musical of the same name—is Ryan Murphy. Murphy is certainly making the most of his multi-year deal with the streaming service. Just this year, series like “Ratched” and “Hollywood” and films such as “A Secret Love” and “The Boys in the Band” have already been released. Beguelin and Martin share screenplay credit on the film, while Sklar provides the music. Additionally, Oscar-nominated cinematographer Matthew Libatique (“A Star Is Born” & “Black Swan”) is on board.
The movie’s cast is terrific, punctuated by several performers who have memorably made their voices heard. “Into the Woods” costars Meryl Streep and James Corden share the screen again and spearhead the effort to make the central celebration memorable. Joining them are Satine herself, Nicole Kidman—also the serenader of the haunting theme to HBO’s “The Undoing—and Andrew Rannells (“The Book of Mormon”). The four of them are fighting for the couple-in-question, played by Jo Ellen Pellman and Ariana DeBose. Kerry Washington and Keegan-Michael Key also star.
Here’s the synopsis:
Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony Award winner James Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose). When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome finds their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.
“The Prom” is set to release in select theaters and on Netflix on December 11th. Everyone deserves a good party, so check out the trailer below.