Hulu version of John Green’s young-adult novel stars Charlie Plummer
One of today’s rising stars wasn’t necessarily looking for a young-adult drama to do, but a plum one came his way.
“All the Money in the World’s” Charlie Plummer is the male lead in “Looking for Alaska,” Hulu’s affecting version of an American Library Association-honored novel by John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars”) that streams all eight of its episodes starting Friday, Oct. 18. Plummer plays Miles “Pudge” Halter, a soulful teen whose new prep-school roommate “The Colonel” (Denny Love) introduces him to independent-minded beauty Alaska Young (actress-model Kristine Froseth). The three form a close friendship that ultimately deepens into more for Alaska and Pudge.
“It’s definitely different territory for me,” the open, engaging Plummer says. “I’m much more used to doing movies that barely anyone sees, so I’m curious to see how this works out. The story is so special to me, I just really feel fortunate that I got to be a part of telling it.”
Also featuring “This Is Us” Emmy winner Ron Cephas Jones as an influential teacher, “Looking for Alaska” first had been envisioned as a movie, but it ended up on the shelf multiple times before returning to the person who originally was set to adapt it: Josh Schwartz, who has produced such series as “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl” with his longtime creative partner Stephanie Savage.
“I was just really fortunate that this came along at this time,” Plummer reflects, “because it turned out to be an experience where I learned so much from people who have been doing this way longer than I have, but I also got to work with people who have been doing it probably as long as I have … true peers, in a sense. Having that mixture was such a fulfilling thing for me, it set a bar pretty high for me going forward.”
Already a Venice Film Festival award winner, Plummer credits much of his career outlook to having parents who also are in show business: actress Maia Guest and writer John Christian Plummer, both of whom he worked with on the BYU TV series “Granite Flats.” (Dad also has written several of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ “Mystery 101” films.)
“They’ve given me a tremendous amount of freedom to be able to make decisions for myself and to trust me on those,” notes the younger Plummer, “but at the same time, they’ve put incredible role models in front of me. Mark Rylance has been one of my favorite actors since I was 12 years old, and that’s because I went and saw the play ‘Jerusalem’ with my dad. Having parents who inherently have given me that on a consistent basis, I’m so grateful for.”