Jason Katims’ NBC pilot about a high school theater department has found its drama queen.
Auli’i Cravalho, who recently starred in Disney’s Moana, has landed a major role in Drama High, our sister site Deadline reports. Based on the 2013 Michael Sokolove novel — which was itself inspired by true events — the pilot follows a “passionate teacher and family man” who runs a “working-class high school drama department” that inspires the whole town. (So, Friday Night Lights… the musical? Count me in!)
Cravalho will play a student named Lilette, and given her powerful performance at Sunday’s Oscars, we also assume she’ll be a singer:
Additional EPs on Drama High include Jeffrey Seller, Michelle Lee and Flody Suarez.
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