Ryan Murphy has joined the movie adaptation of playwright Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride as part of his Netflix megaproducer deal. As previously announced, Jim Parsons is attached to star as seasoned drag queen Miss Tracy Mills, who helps a young Elvis impersonator become a popular contemporary.
This isn’t the first time Murphy and Parsons have worked together—the Emmy-winning TV star played Michael in the 2018 Broadway production and subsequent 2020 Netflix adaptation of The Boys in the Band, which Murphy produced. He also appeared in the Murphy-produced film adaptation of The Normal Heart.
The producer shared the news in an interview with Deadline, in which he also provided an update on the limited series adaptation of A Chorus Line: “The thing that I was always very fascinated by, [creator-director-choreographer Michael Bennett] did it for the love of the craft."
Murphy adds that he's acquired the rights to the storied tapes of Bennett's overnight interviews with Broadway ensemblists, which shaped the Pulitzer-winning musical. "I have all of that material about how was ‘What I Did For Love,’ what is that about? How was ‘Dance: Ten, Looks: Three’? So that’s a very interesting process that I’m going to start working on next year. I haven’t started that one yet but you know, I want to keep doing it.”
Lopez is currently Tony-nominated as the writer of the two-part, gay-themed epic The Inheritance.