Just a week after Brittany Snow took the female lead role ABC’s comedy pilot order, ‘An American Education,’ three more actors have been added to the mix.
Among the trio, most familiar is perhaps Devin Ratray. While the actor had a noteworthy role in Alexander Payne’s Oscar-nominated ‘Nebraska’ as an opportunistic and sleazy family member, he is likely more known of Buzz from ‘Home Alone,’ at least to those of a certain age.
Phil Morris, an actor on the big screen and small but especially recognizable for his role as the lawyer Jackie Chiles on ‘Seinfeld,’ will also join the pilot. Twenty-seven-year-old actor Dalpre Grayer is also on board.
Based on the BBC Three series ‘Bad Education,’ this single-camera U.S. adaptation follows Alfie Wickers (Jack Whitehall, who created and starred in the British original), an unorthodox and enthusiastic teacher in the San Diego public school system.
Ratray will assume the role of Jeff Gelman, an oft-uncouth history teacher who happens to be on academic probation (if you’ve seen ‘Nebraska,’ this seems rather fitting). Morris meanwhile, will portray a charming, affable, and odd principal by the name of Eugene Booker, while Grayer will be one of the students.
The threesome joins Snow as Sarah McIntyre, an earnest chemistry teacher and potential love interest for Wickers. Also cast is Rosie Perez, who will play Rita Gomez, the terrifying and bullish vice principal.