There's a good chance you can remember EXACTLY where you were and what you were wearing when you first watched High School Musical. Troy Bolton became the crush of a generation and you definitely still remember all of the words to the original's most iconic songs. That's why fans totally freaked out when it was announced that High School Musical 4 is on the way. And even though you've been waiting forever, details about the movie are still few and far between. That's why we decided to compile every single fact we know about the highly-anticipated sequel into one list! Want a one-stop-shop for every tiny deet about the new production? Here's everything you need to know...
1. You'll only be able to watch it on one platform.
Disney announced that the series would launch on their new streaming service, Disney+ (think of it as Netflix but only with Disney shows and movies on it.) The service will likely be cheaper than Netflix, so you won't have to break the bank to catch the Wildcats in action. Robert Iger, Disney's CEO, said that the "plan on the Disney side is to price this substantially below where Netflix is,” MarketWatch reports. “The price will reflect that,” he said, according to Deadline. “Our goal is to attract as many subs as possible starting out.”
2. None of the original cast are returning... yet.
If you were hoping that some of the original characters would return to the halls of East High as teachers, or parents, or ANYTHING really, don't get your hopes up. While most of the original cast has expressed excitement over the prospect of a High School Musical 4, they have pretty much dashed any hope of reprising their iconic roles.
Ashley Tisdale, who played Sharpay in the original three movies, said that she wouldn't go back to reprise her role.
"I honestly don't think I would, just based off of, I don't know if I could fill her shoes again," Tisdale told E! News. "I've matured so much, I just don't know if I could give her justice — Sharpay — and be that character again. And I would hate to not have it be great."
This isn't the first time Ashley shut down rumors of a return. She previously talked with New You about what made HSM such a big hit.
"Looking back, it was such a perfect thing for its time and was so pure that I just don’t know how you go from there. High School Musical didn’t make us, we made High School Musical because of our friendship, how close we were, and the magic there at the time. Kenny Ortega just made it what it was. Disney is an amazing company so I’m sure they’ll find some way to do it."
3. It's going to star five brand new characters.
Although HSM4 won't be following Troy, Gabriella and the crew in favor of getting to know a brand new gang of East High students, you'll definitely see some similarities between the original cast of characters and the newbies.
Erin — A badass soccer player who strives for excellence — and the only girl on the boys' team. She starts falling for Derek, the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, but isn't sure whether to follow her heart.
Derek — The resident bad boy who falls for Erin. He's tough as nails on the surface but is a soft-hearted family guy deep down. He's an excellent soccer player and incredible dancer who teaches dance classes to little girls at his family's studio.
Campbell — Troy Bolton 2.0, Campbell is a super hot soccer captain and theater star who also happens to be Sharpay and Ryan Evans' cousin. He decides that he wants to date Erin, and isn't too happy when she wants to be with Derek instead.
Nathalie — East High's biggest fan. She's a loyal, outgoing cheerleader and big-hearted BFF to Erin.
Tamara — East High's former queen bee who's attempting to climb back up the social ladder.
4. There's going to be a TV series, too.
The recently announced High School Musical TV series fittingly called High School Musical: The Musical will be an exciting addition to the HSM world. So what's the series about? A new crop of East High Wildcats will put on a performance of High School Musical for their winter theater production. Of course, there's drama on and off stage and there is a whole cast of new characters that you're bound to fall in love with. Did I mention that there will also be a TON of new songs for you to become obsessed with?
As of now, the series will be 10 episodes long, and be filmed as docs-style series.
5. There is one original cast member who's down to return.
Zac Efron's TV dad has voiced his enthusiasm about reprising his role of Coach Bolton many times on social media. He's even pitched his own idea for a spinoff starring Coach Bolton and Ms. Darbus.
"I got a bone to pick with that W. High coach and Ms. d and the drama department can help me get even," he wrote on Instagram. "I though that kooky Sharpay nut job was coming back to help out with the actor weirdos anyway. Where she at tho? I still got those digits form the school database so let’s ring crazy up and get her and her bro back to put this dance battle together and LETS GO!! I’m ready and I’ve got YEARS worth of plans and ideas moving forward in the East vs West battle so LET GOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!"
6. Disney Channel is searching for unknown actors to fill new roles.
Although no casting announcements have been made officially for the new movie, Disney Channel held an open casting call from April 18 to May 2 where acting hopefuls were able to upload audition tapes for consideration to star in the movie.
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