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Everything We Know About Looking for Alaska’s Hulu Adaptation

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For any fans out there of John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, get excited, because it’s finally evolving into the world of television. While Green may be known best for his fourth novel, The Fault in Our Stars, his original novel is joining the ranks of books transitioning to television shows. Back in May, Deadline broke the news that Looking for Alaska would *finally* be adapted into a eight-episode limited series by Hulu. This is long overdue since a screenplay was in the works back in 2005 when the novel was released. Thirteen years later, the fans can rejoice that this is actually happening.

This is exciting news for any long-time fans of John Green’s work. The novel is still super popular to fans since its 2005 debut. In fact, The Great American Read, a PBS show that recently ranked the best 100 novels in America, put Looking for Alaska in spot 92. Not too shabby. So, who will be starring in this new adaptation, and which creator of two beloved teen dramas will be producing it? Read on to find out everything we know (so far) about Hulu’s Looking for Alaska.

The producers

Josh Schwartz, creator of former teen-drama The O.C., will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Schwartz also wrote the pilot episode. According to Deadline, the series will come from Paramount Pictures and Fake Empire. The former is the studio that acquired the rights to the novel back in 2005, and the latter is Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s production company, the same one that produced Gossip Girl. This will be the second series that Schwartz and Savage are producing together for Hulu after Marvel’s Runaway’s, set to premiere its second season in December.

The premise

For the unfamiliar, the original novel was inspired by author John Green’s own experiences while in high school. The story is told from first-person point of view by Miles Halter, a young man who is tired of his mundane life and enters boarding school. In search of the “Great Perhaps,” coined by poet Francois Rabelais, he meets a young girl named Alaska Young, and their journey and relationship together acts as the focal point of the story. With no apparent changes being made to the plot in this adaptation, the journey of Miles and Alaska should be front and center of the limited series, just as it was in the novel.

The cast

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A série da plataforma de streaming Hulu, “Quem é Você, Alasca?”, adaptação do livro de John Green de mesmo nome, ganhou finalmente os seus protagonistas: Kristine Froseth (Sierra Burgess é uma Loser) e Charlie Plummer (Todo o Dinheiro do Mundo). O enredo é centrado em Miles Halter, um adolescente que, cansado da vida sem graça que leva, se muda para uma nova escola e conhece Alasca Young, uma jovem descrita como inteligente, engraçada, problemática e sensual. Por enquanto, ainda não há previsão de estreia. Gostou da escalação dos atores? Pretende assistir o seriado? #lookingforalaska #kristinefroseth #sierraburgessisaloser #charlieplummer #allthemoneyintheworld #huluseries

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On October 30th, it was announced that lead roles Miles and Alaska were finally selected. On his Twitter, Green revealed that Kristine Froseth, best known for her role in Netflix’s Sierra Burgess is a Loser, would be playing Alaska Young. Meanwhile, Lead on Pete star Charlie Plummer would portray protagonist Miles Halter. No further casting updates have been announced by Green.

Although a premiere date has not yet been set, this Hulu adaptation is well on its way. After 13 long years, fans of Looking for Alaska should be feeling good about being one step closer to the novel finally reaching our television screens.

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