Disney has some new dancing shoes to fill. After more than a decade since the debut of High School Musical (pictured) on Disney Channel, the House of Mouse has opened up a US-based casting search for its upcoming original movie High School Musical 4.
The movie will continue the story of the High School Musical franchise, which hasn’t seen a new installment since High School Musical 3: Senior Year premiered in 2008.
Disney is now on the hunt for a whole new cast that will portray a fresh-faced East High Wildcats and their cross-town school rivals, the West High Knights.
Jeffrey Hornaday (Teen Beach Movie, Teen Beach 2) is attached to direct and choreograph the movie. The script will be penned by Hannah Montana: The Movie scribe Dan Berendsen and Peter Barsocchini, who wrote all three High School Musical movies. Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush will return as the executive producers.
The original High School Musical, which was directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega (now of Descendants fame), premiered in 2006 and went on to deliver 7.7 million total viewers in the US, which at the time, was the highest ratings for any telecast ever on Disney Channel. Aside from launching Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale into mainstream stardom, the movie broke ground as the first TV movie soundtrack to reach the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
High School Musical 2, meanwhile, ranks as the number-one basic cable telecast of all time (18.6 million viewers for its August 2007 premiere). Walt Disney Pictures’s 2008 debut of High School Musical 3: Senior Year went on to gross more than US$250 million at the worldwide box office.