Stranger Things’ Shannon Purser Lands a Role in Drama High Pilot


Shannon Purser who played Barb on the Netflix series Stranger Things has been cast in the pilot Drama High

Stranger Things’ Shannon Purser has landed a role in a pilot called Drama High

Barb fans, listen up! Though she is unlikely to come back for Stranger Things season 2 (though strange things do happen on the show), fan favorite Shannon Purser has a new role to play. According to Deadline, Purser has been cast in the upcoming NBC pilot Drama High from Friday Night Lights executive producer/showrunner Jason Katims and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller.

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The pilot is based on the book “Drama High,” written by Michael Sokolove about his high school drama teacher Lou Volpe. Volpe is known for moving to the blue collar town of Levittown, Pennsylvania and inspiring the students there with productions of sometimes controversial musicals and plays that kids could relate to. Purser will play Annabelle, “one of the students in the town who works harder than anyone else to make the cast of Spring Awakening despite not fitting the exact mold of what everyone has in mind.” Katims actually created the role for Purser after she auditioned for another role in the pilot.

Already cast in the pilot for Drama High are Rosie Perez (White Men Can’t JumpThe View), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) and Rarmian Newton (The Family, Dance Academy). Katims will produce with Michelle Lee through True Jack Productions, with Seller and Flody Suarez for Seller Suarez Productions.

Purser will next be seen in Life of the Party with Melissa McCarthy (Mike & MollyGilmore Girls). Stranger Things will return with its second season on October 31, 2017. The season will be set in 1984 and have nine episodes.

What do you guys think about Shannon Purser being cast in the pilot for Drama High? How much do you love Barb? Do you think there is any chance we’ll see her again in Stranger Things? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet!

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