TCA 2019: Streaming service’s adaptation of John Green YA novel launches Oct. 18
Hulu has released the first teaser for its upcoming adaptation of John Green’s YA novel “Looking for Alaska,” introducing you to Miles “Pudge” Halter and the girl he loves: Alaska Young.
“Teenagers think they’re invincible. They don’t know how right they are,” Alaska (Kristine Froseth) says in a voiceover during the 1-minute, 7-second video above, which features glimpses of Alaska, Pudge (Charlie Plummer) and other teens on the outdoor grounds of a boarding school.
Pudge tells Alaska he’s going to “seek a Great Perhaps” — a line fans of the Green novel will remember very well — and she seems on board to join in.
The teaser ends with Alaska asking the guys, “Alright, who’s up for some fun?”
For readers who haven’t devoured the novel, the eight-episode limited series, which was adapted by “Gossip Girl” creator Josh Schwartz, centers around teenager Miles “Pudge” Halter, as he enrolls in boarding school to try to gain a deeper perspective on life. He falls in love with Alaska Young, and finds a group of loyal friends. But after an unexpected tragedy, Miles and his close friends attempt to make sense of what they’ve been through.
Along with Plummer and Froseth, the series stars Denny Love, Jay Lee, Landry Bender, Sofia Vassilieva, Uriah Shelton, and Jordan Connor. Also starring are Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”) and Timothy Simons (“Veep”).
Savage is creator and executive produces with Stephanie Schwartz. Other executive producers include Green, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, and Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner of Temple Hill. Fake Empire executive Lis Rowinski serves as co-executive producer. Sarah Adina Smith (“Hanna,” “Legion”) directed the first episode.
“Looking for Alaska” hails from Paramount Television and Schwartz and Savage’s Fake Empire.
The teaser was released during the Television Critics Association press tour Friday, when Hulu also revealed it has renewed “The Handmaid’s Tale” for Season 4, set a new comedy starring Amy Schumer, ordered a Padma Lakshmi-hosted series exploring the culinary traditions of immigrant communities, added Mahershala Ali to Season 2 of “Ramy,” set premiere dates for new shows “Dollface” and “Reprisal,” as well as Season 3 of “Marvel’s Runaways,” and dropped a trailer for “Wu-Tang: An American Saga.”
“Looking for Alaska” launches Oct. 18 on Hulu.
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