*Rosie Perez is set to star opposite Jack Whitehall in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot “An American Education,” based on the BBC Three series “Bad Education.”
British actor-comedian Whitehall, who created and starred in the original series, is reprising his role as Alfie Wickers, now a British transplant and an unorthodox young teacher in the San Diego public school system. Alfie loves his students but his youthful, often naive enthusiasm and unconventional methods put him at odds with the test-obsessed administrators.
Perez plays Rita Gomez, the school’s hard-nosed vice principal, a terrifying force that grew up in a bad neighborhood who intimidates Alfie by her no-nonsense, bullish, self-righteous, by-the-numbers approach to ruling the school — or how she sees it, her kingdom.
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