‘Looking for Alaska’ details revealed for Hulu limited series, based on John Green novel

From left, author John Green, actors Kristine Froseth and Charlie Plummer, producers Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz and moderator Akilah Hughes talk about the upcoming Hulu limited series adaptation of Green's 2005 novel "Looking for Alaska." (Photo: ReedPOP)

The first glimpse at the new Hulu adaptation of “Looking for Alaska,” a 2005 novel by John Green, premiered Saturday at the annual BookCon in New York.

This highly anticipated debut comes with a 14-year history of adaption attempts and fails. 

“Looking for Alaska” will premiere on Oct. 18 with all eight episodes available at once  on Hulu as a limited series.

The story follows Miles, who is infatuated with a girl named Alaska at their boarding school in Alabama. But it’s not a typical teen romance of a popular girl who finally sees the nerdy boy who has pined after her. In fact, it’s an insightful look at the dangers of putting someone, especially a young woman, on a pedestal.

Series actors Kristine Froseth and Charlie Plummer told BookCon attendees that the story’s themes of grief and empathy are what drives their passion for the series and that they have been long-time fans of Green’s novel.

"Looking for Alaska" by John Green. (Photo: .)

The pair reflected on how the characters made them feel the first time they read “Looking for Alaska” and now as adults how they view them with a much more refined perspective.

Froseth, who plays Alaska, said she related to Alaska’s internal struggles when she was a teenager, including the feeling of isolation that comes with grief.

Josh Schwartz, the executive producer, noted that every person on the crew has read the book and feels passionately about honoring the novel and adapting it. Schwartz said the production of the show is a “really beautiful” experience.

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