How I Met Your Mother actor Josh Radnor has joined the cast of the upcoming NBC pilot Drama High, from Parenthood/Friday Night Lights creator Jason Katims and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller.
Drama High is based on the book of the same name written by Michael Sokolove about his high school drama teacher Lou Volpe. Volpe is known for moving to the blue collar town of Levittown, Pennsylvania and inspiring the students there with productions of sometimes controversial musicals and plays that kids could relate to.
Radnor will play Lou Mazzuchelli, who is, “a left of center leading man who has to discover his own passion, drive and charisma. He is a father of three, husband and an English teacher at a school in a rust belt town in Pennsylvania, who decides to take a leap on taking over the drama department and it ignites an excitement in him which surprises him and spreads to his students.”
Alongside 9 seasons as Ted Mosby on HIMYM, Radnor wrote and directed the excellent indie dramas Happythankyoumoreplease and Liberal Arts.
Already cast in the pilot for Drama High are Shannon Purser (Stranger Things), Rosie Perez (White Men Can’t Jump, The View), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) and Rarmian Newton (The Family, Dance Academy). Katims will produce with Michelle Lee through True Jack Productions, with Seller and Flody Suarez for Seller Suarez Productions.