The first trailer for NBC’s new television drama “Rise” has been unveiled.
The upcoming show, which features “Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho as Lilette Suarez, tells the tale of English teacher Lou Mazzuchelli — played by Josh Radnor — who takes over his high school’s theatre department.
Inspired by a true story, the drama sees Mazzuchelli change his students’ lives for the better, encouraging them to “dream big.”
The series, which is based on the book “Drama High” by Michael Sokolove, highlights the struggles that high school students regularly face, including trouble at home and alcohol abuse.
“Rise” focuses on the lives of seven teens, with the show also starring the likes of Ellie Desautels as Michael Hallowell, Damon J. Gillespie as Robbie Thorne, Erin Kommor as Sasha, and Shannon Purser as Annabelle.
Cravalho recently spoke of her role in the drama, explaining: “‘Rise’ is an incredible show about real people in real circumstances. We’re really excited to be a part of it. It’s about a normal town and normal high schoolers who rise above their particular circumstances.”
Speaking of the musical aspects of the show, she said, “I absolutely love singing. I’ve been singing since, well, before I can remember, so I absolutely love the fact that there’s musical elements in this.”
“I also get to have an incredible cast with me as well. So, not only do I get to sing, but also get to hear their great voices, too,” Cravalho went on to tell The Knockturnal.
The actress recently spoke to ET Canada about “Rise”. Watch the interview in the clip below.