The hit 2003 film School of Rock is making its way to the small screen on Nickelodeon. But Jack Black, who played the hard-rocking teacher in the movie, won't be making the trip. Instead, the role of Dewey Finn will be played by actor and comedian Tony Cavalero.
Cavalero may not be as big a name as Black, but he does have a face you may recognize from his roles on Modern Family, Hart of Dixie, and 2 Broke Girls. Plus, one look at his face and you'll definitely get a sense of mischievousness, which is what the role calls for. Finn is a guy who rocks first and teaches second. Thinking responsibly comes in a distant third.
Here's a clip from the film (love the bow-tie, Jack):
Time will tell if the television version of School of Rock can hang with its cinematic inspiration. And, of course, this is hardly the first time a hit movie became a TV show. Sometimes they work (M*A*S*H, Parenthood, Fargo, Friday Night Lights) and sometimes they most definitely do not (Uncle Buck, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Harry and the Hendersons).
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Cavalero seems optimistic about his chances. "I am so honored to be part of the rad legacy that is School of Rock," Cavalero said in a statement. "Jack Black is one of my biggest comedy influences and I am ready to shred!"
We'll see if audiences are ready to shred along with him when the show premieres next year.