Nickelodeon is ready to rock.
The kids’ cabler and Paramount Television announced the full cast for the upcoming “School of Rock” series, based on the 2003 Jack Black movie. The TV adaptation is currently in production at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles and is set to premiere this fall.
Ricardo Hurtado, Lance Lim, Aidan Miner, Jade Pettyjohn and Breanna Yde have been cast as the “School of Rock” students, joining Tony Cavalero, who will topline the live-action, musical comedy series, playing musician-turned-substitute teacher Dewey.
The series will follow Dewey, who becomes the most unique and well-liked teacher the students have ever had. Although he has an alternative approach to teaching and could probably learn more from his students about history or math, he uses the language of rock ‘n’ roll to elevate and inspire his class to reach new heights as the band called School of Rock.
Hurtado has been cast as Freddy, the new kid who brings a fresh and rebellious perspective to the school. He is effortlessly cool, recognizes the opportunity in building the band with Dewey and challenges the class to take risks in the name of having fun.
Lim (“Growing Up Fisher”) has been cast as Zack, a reserved child of overbearing parents who comes out of his shell to become the band’s electric guitarist. He fears the consequences of breaking the rules, but also embraces the independence that Dewey encourages.
Miner (Nickelodeon Creative Lab’s “Homeroom”) plays Lawrence, the quirky, tech kid who ends up being the confident keyboardist for the band.
Pettyjohn (Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger”) plays Summer, the overachiever. Not satisfied with playing tambourine in the band, she ultimately becomes the manager when she realizes she can use her organizational skills to help out the band. Summer has a crush on Freddy (Hurtado).
Yde (Nickelodeon’s “The Haunted Hathaways”) has been cast as Tomika, the tomboy of the bunch who is the bass player for the band. Although she’s more comfortable with a skateboard than a microphone, Tomika soon learns she is a double threat, as a gifted guitarist and singer. Tomika and Summer (Pettyjohn) are best friends.
The series, which was given a straight-to-series 13-episode order, will be exec produced by Jim and Steve Armogida (“Crash & Bernstein,” “My Family”), plus the original movie’s director Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) and producer Scott Rudin.