This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Richard Linklater-directed musical comedy School of Rock. The film proved to be a breakthrough for Jack Black, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a musical/comedy while also breaking box-office records by becoming the highest-grossing music-themed comedy at the time of release, earning more than $130 million worldwide. Rock is critically acclaimed, boasting a 92 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating. Fifteen years after its theatrical release, the legacy of the film lives on with the 2015 Andrew Lloyd Webber-composed Broadway musical adaptation in addition to the more kid-friendly television series adaptation on Nickelodeon that lasted three seasons.
In School of Rock, Black plays struggling musician Dewey Finn, who is forced to leave his rock band and goes undercover as a substitute teacher at a college-preparatory school to earn some cash. Soon he discovers that the class of students he’s teaching has gifted musical abilities and decides to form a new band of fourth-graders to compete in Battle of the Bands and win the cash prize to take him out of his dire financial situation.
Read on to take a look back at the cast then and what they've been up to in the time since the movie first hit theaters Oct. 3, 2003.