Natasha Reda
June 25, 2019 1:08 pm

Ariana Grande is officially making her return to the screen. The “Thank U, Next” singer has joined Ryan Murphy’s The Prom, which will feature a huge, star-studded cast. Those who have signed on include Big Little Lies co-stars Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, as well as James Corden, Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key, and Andrew Rannells. According to Deadline, the American Horror Story creator, who worked with Grande on Scream Queens in 2015, will release the Broadway musical film adaptation as part of his five-year deal with Netflix—which already includes the TV shows The Politician, Ratched, and Hollywood.

In The Prom, Grande is set to play a closeted popular teenager named Alyssa, who’s dating her classmate Emma Nolan, in a story that “centers on four down-and-out theater actors who head to Indiana, where they help a teen whose prom was canceled when she tried to bring her girlfriend as her date.”

We don’t yet know who will play Emma; the film will have a “nationwide search led by casting director Alexa Fogel” to cast the role. As for the rest of the cast, Streep will play Dee Dee Allen, Corden will star as Barry Glickman, Kidman as Angie Dickinson, and Rannells as Trent Oliver. Meanwhile, Awkwafina will take on the role of publicist Ms. Sheldon, and Key is set to play Streep’s love interest, Principal Hawkins.

Grande will also reportedly produce the film’s soundtrack with Murphy and her manager, Scooter Braun, which means fans will not only get to watch her show off her Broadway musical talents, but they’ll get brand new songs as well.

Murphy first announced he was adapting the popular musical into a Netflix movie back in April, but little did we know it would be jam-packed with stars.

Though there’s no official release date, The Prom is reportedly going to start filming in December for a Fall 2020 release—right in time for awards season.

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