Get ready to go back to East High one more time all you “High School Musical” fans out there. Disney has announced an open casting call for the fourth installment of the popular “High School Musical.”
This means that “High School Musical 4” is actually happening and you can be a part of it. The Walt Disney website reveals that a nationwide casting search has started for the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie. “High School Musical 4” will continue the story of East High student life and the fourth installment will also introduce new Wildcats as well as their cross-town school rivals, the West High Knights.
Does that mean that there will be no Zac Efron? Bustle believes that there is a chance that Efron will be a part of the sequel. In a 2014 interview given to Entertainment Weekly, the actor had indicated about him ‘thinking’ about it. However, given his current work schedule, it remains to be seen how “High School Musical 4” will figure in it.
E!News informs that the newest Disney installment will be directed and choreographed by “Teen Beach Movie’s” Jeffrey Hornaday. Peter Barsocchini and Dan Berendsen will helm the script for the musical.
According to Deadline, the original “High School Musical” was directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega and garnered 7.7 million viewers in the US alone. Its sequel, “High School Musical 2,” attracted an even larger audience of 18.6 million viewers when it premiered in 2007. Meanwhile, “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” released in 2008 grossed over AU$346 million (US$250 million) at the worldwide box office. It is no wonder that Disney is rebooting the franchise given the success enjoyed by the earlier ventures as well as the reunion.
“’High School Musical’ is part of Disney Channel’s DNA. It embodies all that we stand for,” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. “As a way of continuing to embrace that heritage, we’re excited to announce ‘the start of something new’ —as we launch a search for a new class of East High Wildcats to star in a fourth installment of the ‘High School Musical’ franchise, ” he signed off.
Here is how fans have reacted to the news: