Deadline is reporting that Josh Radnor and Damon J. Gillespie are the latest name to join the cast for NBC’s drama pilot Drama High.
Drama High is inspired by the story of ground-breaking High School drama teacher Lou Volpe as chronicled in the book Drama High, which was written by one of Volpe’s students, Michael Sokolove. The pilot revolves around an extraordinary working-class High School drama department and the incredible students who come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanises the entire town.
Josh Radnor (whose credits include How I Met Your Mother and Mercy Street) will be playing the role of Lou Volpe, a left-of-center leading man who has to discover his own passion, drive and charisma. He is a father of three, a husband and an English teacher at a school in a Rust Belt town in Pennsylvania, and decides to take a leap on taking over the drama department, igniting an excitement in him that surprises him. Damon J. Gillespie (known for his role in Aladdin on Broadway) will be playing the role of Robbie, the town’s star football player, who balances his life on the field and caring for his sick mother at the nursing care facility. Every day he is told what he must do, never breaking away until he surprisingly finds his true talent on the stage.
The pilot has been written by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights executive producer/showrunner) and will executive produce the project alongside Michelle Lee under the True Jack Productions banner. Jeffrey Seller (Producer of Broadway smash Hamilton) will also executive produce the project alongside Flody Suarez under the Seller Suarez Productions banner. The cast for Drama High so far includes Auli’i Cravalho, Rosie Perez, Rarmian Newton and Shannon Purser.