The cast of Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” franchise has agreed to star in High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which Walt Disney Pictures will release in theaters on October 24.
Set to return are Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman.
The project had already been in the works as a theatrical release after the second TV movie attracted a record-breaking audience for Disney Channel.
The third installment starts filming in the spring. Kenny Ortega will direct from a script by Peter Barsocchini. Both directed and wrote the first two TV movies. Bill Borden, Barry Rosenbush and Don Schain will produce.
The film will revolve around seniors Troy (Efron) and Gabriella (Hudgens) facing the prospect of being separated from one another as they head off in different directions to college. Joined by the rest of the Wildcats, they stage an elaborate spring musical reflecting their experiences, hopes and fears about their future.