Back in July, we were the first to report about some of the young charges Jack Black will be working with in Paramount’s comedy School of Rock. Today, we’re proud to announce that Richard Linklater has signed on to direct the film, from Mike White’s screenplay.
For those who don’t know about the project, Jack Black will start as Dewey Finn, a nearly destitute rocker since he was fired from his band. Deeply in debt and practically friendless, Dewey poses as his roommate, a substitute teacher, and gets a job teaching a 4th grade class. Hoping to win prize money offered by a local band contest, Dewey forms a rock band with the kids in the class. He must do this in secret so that the parents and school personnel know nothing of his plan.
Our previous report looked at the young stars of the film. This time around, we’d like to introduce you to some of Dewey’s friends and peers.
Ned Schneebly is Dewey’s roommate. Once a rocker like Dewey, Ned has abandoned his dream and joined the work force as a teacher at a classy school. Dewey has been mooching off of Ned for some time; Ned, urged on by his girlfriend Patty, takes a stand and demands that Dewey pay his share of the rent or move out. He is constantly caught between his best friend and his girlfriend Patty DiMarco. Patty works as the personal assistant to the Mayor. She is attractive, ambitious, bossy and wears the pants in her relationship with Ned. She is not sympathetic to Dewey’s plight and constantly berates him for his irresponsibility and lack of ambition.
Theo is the lead singer of Dewey’s former band. He is incredibly handsome, charismatic, muscular (thanks to his recent pec implants) and far more interested in the look of his band than its music. He convinces the other band members to fire Dewey from the band because Dewey does not fit the look he wants. Spider is the guy Theo replaces Dewey with. Completely vain, he is amused by the friction between Dewey and the other band members. Doug and Neil are the other members of the band. They are both good-looking, talented musicians who are hoping for stardom.
Shooting begins in Los Angeles on November 25.
If you feel you are rightly suitable for one of these roles, please feel free to have your agent contact either the production company or the casting directors.
Director: Richard Linklater
Producers: Scott Rudin
Writers: Mike White
Casting Director: Ilene Starger