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Kerry Washington Joins Ryan Murphy's Starry 'The Prom' Based on Queer Musical

Friday Oct 11, 2019
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Kerry Washington  (Source:Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Kerry Washington is the latest A-lister to join Ryan Murphy's upcoming Netflix movie "The Prom," based on the Tony Award-nominated queer musical of the same name, Deadline reports.

The "Scandal" star joins Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Awkwafina, James Corden, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells for the project.

Deadline writes of Murphy's "The Prom:"

Streep will star as Dee Dee Allen, a two-time Tony winner who teams with Corden's Barry Glickman in a flop musical about Eleanor Roosevelt. After career-ending reviews, they decide — along with Broadway babies Angie Dickinson (Kidman) and Trent Oliver (Rannells) — to champion a cause to rehabilitate their careers. They find one in Emma, a high school senior in Indiana who isn't allowed to take her girlfriend to the prom.

"The Prom" was nominated for seven Tonys, including "Best Musical." Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin wrote the screenplay, which Murphy will produce alongside Alexis Woodall, Bill Damaschke and Dori Berinstein.

Music and lyrics are by Beguelin and Matthew Sklar, based on the original concept by Jack Viertel.

It was previously reported that production for "The Prom" film will start in December with plans to release it in theaters in September 2020 and hit Netflix the following month. Just in time for awards season!

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