Tony Cavalero, a regular at The Groundlings improv theater, will play Dewey Finn
Nickelodeon and Paramount Television announced on Thursday that Cavalero — a regular at Los Angeles improv theater The Groundlings — will play fake substitute teacher Dewey Finn, a character Richard Linklater introduced to audiences in the 2003 comedy hit of the same name.
Like the movie, the series will follow the down-on-his-luck rocker posing as a teacher to make ends meet, and then ends up sharing his love for rock music with a group of unconventional prep schoolers.
“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!”