Ariana Grande has plenty of experience when it comes to musical theater: She did a lot of children’s theater growing up, and last year she was part of NBC’s A Very Wicked Halloween special. Tuesday morning, Deadline reported that she would be diving back into the world of musicals and starring in a Netflix adaptation of the Broadway show The Prom. But unfortunately, Billboard has shot that down, claiming that Grande will not be appearing in the movie due to her 2019 tour schedule.
Ryan Murphy will direct and produce the film, which will star Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key, and Andrew Rannells.
The musical, which was nominated for multiple Tony Awards this year, follows a group of struggling musical actors, who decide to revive/kickstart their careers by throwing their support behind an attention-grabbing cause. This leads them to Emma, a high school senior from the fictional Indiana town of Edgewater who was not allowed to bring her girlfriend to the prom.
Deadline originally reported that Grande would play Alyssa, a popular high school student and the daughter of the head of the PTA. Meanwhile, Streep is set to play Dee Dee Allen, who worked with Corden’s Barry Glickman on a musical about Eleanor Roosevelt, which flopped. The characters then team up with less experienced Broadway actors Angie Dickinson (Kidman) and Trent Oliver (Andrew Rannells) to look into Emma’s situation.
Deadline also reported that Grande was also set to produce the soundtrack alongside Murphy and manager Scooter Braun, but according to Billboard, Grande will no longer be involved in the project in any capacity.