Hell-raising guitarist Dewey Finn (Jack Black) is anti-establishment to the hilt, irreverent to the max, and worships the power of rock and roll. With a penchant for stage-dives and 20-minute solos, Dewy is determined to lead his rock group to victory at the local Battle of the Bands… but his band mates fire him instead.
Down-and-out, Dewey picks up a phone call intended for his roommate Ned (Mike White), and impulsively accepts a job as a substitute teacher. While Dewey might not have a clue how to teach, he does know how to inspire confidence in his young fifth graders.
When he accidentally overhears them performing in an orchestra class, he decides to mould these young musical prodigies into a high-voltage rock band, which will change their lives forever.
JACK BLACK (Dewey Finn) has appeared in such motion pictures as Stephen Frears’ critically acclaimed comedy “High Fidelity,” in which he played Barry, John Cusack’s sarcastic music store employee. That breakout role garnered him nominations for a 2001 American Comedy Award and Blockbuster Entertainment Award in the supporting actor category. Black co-hosted the 2002 MTV Movie Awards with Sarah Michelle Gellar, which was the highest-rated MTV Movie Awards ever and the top-rated cable program of that year.
Besides “School of Rock,” Black will also star opposite Ben Stiller in the Barry Levinson-directed “Envy” for DreamWorks SKG. The comedy follows Black and Stiller as lifelong friends whose relationship takes a nasty turn when one of them (Black) becomes filthy rich by selling an invention. It drives the other (Stiller) crazy with jealousy. Rachel Weisz, Christopher Walken and Amy Poehler round out the cast.