Josh Radnor & Damon J. Gillespie join ‘Drama High’

Actor Josh Radnor from the film "Afternoon Delight" poses for a portrait during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the Fender Music Lodge on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP Images)

Josh Radnor and Damon J. Gillespie join Drama High!

Former How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor will play the lead of NBC’s drama pilot Drama High, from Friday Night Lights executive producer/showrunner Jason Katims and Jeffrey Seller, producer of the smash Broadway hit Hamilton. Also cast as a regular in the project is Damon J. Gillespie(Aladdin).

Written by Katims, Drama High was inspired by the story of groundbreaking high school drama teacher Lou Volpe (Radnor) as chronicled in the book Drama High, written by one of Volpe’s students, Michael Sokolove. The hourlong project 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 galvanizes the entire town.

Radnor’s Lou is 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.

Gillespie plays 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. They join previously cast Shannon Purser, Rosie Perez, Moana star Auli’i Cravalho and Rarmian Newton.

Source: Deadline