Disney’s High School stars head to big screen


MUMBAI: The principal cast members from Disney’s High School Musical — Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman — will be reunited on the big screen for Walt Disney Pictures’ upcoming feature film High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production president Oren Aviv said, “We’re thrilled to have all of the talented cast members who helped to make High School Musical such an incredible phenomenon joining us for this big screen motion picture event.”

About the new musical, he said, “Clearly, the music, spirit and personalities in these films have touched audiences in a very special way, and this latest musical adventure delivers lots of great new entertainment on an even grander scale. Kenny Ortega brings his enormous talents to this project and Peter Barsocchini has come up with a wonderfully inventive script that delivers plenty of delights and surprises.”

The film is set to begin production in spring 2008 with DGA award-winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega returning to direct from a screenplay by Peter Barsocchini, who wrote the scripts for Disney Channel original movies High School Musical and High School Musical 2. The producers of the film are Bill Borden, Barry Rosenbush and Don Schain.

Disney Channels Worldwide president Rich Ross said, “The success of this franchise has been nothing short of amazing. We’re thrilled with the connection fans have to the characters, and we’re very excited to see the High School Musical story continue on the big screen.”

Disney Channels Worldwide president, entertainment Gary Marsh commented, “High School Musical 2 set a milestone as the most-viewed cable telecast in history, and proved once again that there is a tremendous audience for movies that are inspiring, uplifting and entertaining. We’re so proud of our two Disney Channel Original Movies and are eager to extend the story of the Wildcats for the big screen.”