Hulu’s Looking for Alaska adds Timothy Simons & Ron Cephas Jones
Timothy Simons (Veep) and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) have been cast as series regulars in Hulu’s upcoming eight-episode limited series Looking for Alaska, the miniseries adaptation of the controversial John Green novel.
Simons will play The Eagle. Described as stern and humorless, The Eagle is devoted to the code of Culver Creek Academy. He runs the school and enjoys the power, watching everything as he warns Miles against following in his father’s prankster footsteps.
Jones has been cast in the role of Dr. Hyde, who his a History of Religion teacher at Culver Creek Academy. He is described as impossibly old with only one lung — but once he’s in full command, Dr. Hyde is an enthralling presence who finds his own jokes amusing and who has been very smart for a very long time indeed.
Simons and Jones join the previously announced Charlie Plummer (All the Money in the World) and Kristine Froseth (Apostle), who will lead the series in the roles of Miles and Alaska, as well as Empire‘s Denny Love, American Vandal‘s Jay Lee, Fuller House‘s Landry Bender, Medium‘s Sofia Vassilieva, Girl Meets World‘s Uriah Shelton and Riverdale‘s Jordan Connor.
The series is based on the Green novel of the same name and is told through the eyes of teenager Miles “Pudge” Halter, as he enrolls in boarding school to try to gain a deeper perspective on life. He falls in love with a girl, Alaska Young, and after her unexpected death, he and his close friends attempt to uncover the truth behind her death and make sense of it.
Josh Schwartz (Dynasty) wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producer and showrunner on the series while Fake Empire’s Stephanie Savage executive produces with Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, Green, and Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner of Temple Hill. Fake Empire exec Lis Rowinski will co-executive produce. Production on the project is scheduled to begin this month.