Thomas Barbusca, best known for the TV series American Horror Story and Preacher, is starring in the big screen coming of age comedy, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. Beyond the relatable and descriptive title, the story revolves around Rafe Khatchadorian, a quiet, artistic adolescent, and his best friend Leo. Sick of school and armed with overactive imaginations, the two hatch a plot to break every rule in the school handbook. Obviously, there’s no way they can get away with their rebellious scheme, but it’s fun to watch them try.
Barbusca is cast as Leo, while the part of Rafe is played by 15-year-old Griffin Gluck, who also has a number of television credits, including Private Practice, and feature films like 2011’s Just Go with It.
The cast also features Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls), Rob Riggle (New Girl), Adam Pally (The Mindy Project), Isabela Moner (100 Things to Do Before High School), Efren Ramirez (Eastbound & Down), Andrew Daley (Silicon Valley) and actress/stand-up comic Retta (TV’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce).
Adapted from the novel by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, the screenplay was penned by Chris Bowman and frequent collaborator Hubbel Palmer (Masterminds), along with Kara Holden (Meant to Be). Directing the film is Steve Carr, who is known for wacky irreverent hit comedies such as Daddy Day Care and Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life heads to theaters on Oct. 7.