Netflix has unveiled the trailer for Ryan Murphy's star-studded The Prom, the highly-anticipated adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical.
Ryan Murphy's star-studded Netflix film The Prom comes to vibrant life in its first official trailer. The prolific writer-director-producer has already made his mark on Netflix through recent projects like Hollywood, Ratched, and The Boys in the Band. Murphy's latest collaboration for the streamer, The Prom, is slated for release on December 11. Based on the beloved, Tony-nominated musical of the same name, The Prom boasts an impressively stacked cast: Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Keegan Michael-Key, Andrew Rannells, Ariana DeBose, Kerry Washington, and newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman.
Directed by Murphy, The Prom follows four theater actors (Streep, Corden, Kidman, and Rannells) in search of a major career boost who find the perfect opportunity for some good press in high schooler Emma (Pellman). Emma wants nothing more than to attend the prom with her girlfriend Alyssa (DeBose, who also appeared in this year's Hamilton), but the PTA has banned them from attending. The theater quartet then band together to give Emma the prom she deserves while also attempting to give their lagging careers a shot of adrenaline.
Wednesday morning, Netflix unveiled the very first trailer for The Prom. Full of spectacle and dancing stars, this first glimpse at The Prom will surely excite both fans of the original musical and those who are unfamiliar with it. Check out the trailer down below.
If one wasn't aware of how many big name stars are featured in The Prom before watching the trailer, they would be in for some delightful surprises. The entire cast is on full display, with Streep, Kidman, and Corden especially taking center stage. It looks as though Murphy has found opportunities for several show-stopping dance numbers, as numerous ensemble moments get chill-inducing looks. Broadway fans might feel hesitant when it comes to film adaptations of the Broadway musicals they love, but so far, The Prom feels like a bright, joyful ride.
A number of stage musicals were supposed to get the big screen treatment this year, like In the Heights and West Side Story (which incidentally features The Prom's DeBose). Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has delayed them all until 2021, leaving this year largely without an epic musical, save for Hamilton on Disney+. Seeing as that film was just a filmed version of the stage production, however, The Prom still feels like something that hasn't come around in a while. Timed for the holiday season, Netflix just might find great success with The Prom, provided it manages to be as well-received as it was on Broadway. Fans will find out if that's the case in just under two months.