Zac Efron Wants High School Musical 4 With The Original Casts
Zac Efron wants High School Musical 4 and he wants it with the original gang. When Efron was asked if he would be interested in returning to the franchise, he noted that he would be happy to reunite with his castmates. He also added that having the opportunity in any form to go back and work with that team would be so amazing.
Lowkey and avid High School Musical fans or 'Wildcats' as what they call themselves are definitely glad to hear this. But before we go over to this exciting news let us talk a little bit about who Zack is and the said popular show.
If you don't know Zac Efron, you probably don't know High School Musical as well. Zachary David Alexander Efron, born October 18, 1987 is an American actor and singer. Efron's career reached a tipping point with the teen musical television film High School Musical (2006), which premiered on the Disney Channel in January 2006. The film, regarded as a modern rendition of Romeo and Juliet, starred Efron as Troy Bolton, a high school basketball player who is confused between performing in the school musical with Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens), a girl from the scholastic decathlon team.
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The show, which also starred Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, and Monique Coleman in crucial roles, was a huge success and helped Efron achieve popularity among adolescent audiences. The soundtrack to the film was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA, making it one of the best-selling albums in the United States that year. When it was revealed that Efron's voice had been combined with Drew Seeley's on the album, his singing abilities were questioned, although Efron noted that the songs (made for a tenor) were written before he was cast and thus did not suit his more baritone vocal range. Efron sang himself in his future musical films.
High School Musical is a 2006 American musical television film written and directed by Kenny Ortega. The film stars Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, and Monique Coleman as the 63rd Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) and the inaugural installment in the High School Musical franchise. In High School Musical, Troy Bolton (Efron), the basketball team captain, and Gabriella Montez (Hudgens), an intellectually talented transfer student, audition for main roles in their school musical, prompting squabbles among the school's cliques.
The film's development began in response to Disney network executives' desire to emulate the critical and viewership success of solo musical episodes in their television series Even Stevens (2000–2003) and That's So Raven (2003–2007). The majority of High School Musical's principal photography took place in Utah, with filming sites including East High School, Murray High School, and Salt Lake City. Los Angeles was used for further filming. Barsocchini and many critics have regarded the film as a modern rendition of Romeo and Juliet.
It became the most commercially successful DCOM ever made after its January 20, 2006, release as part of Disney Channel's "Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance Week" block. In the United States, High School Musical premiered to 7.7 million viewers, shattering the network's previous record for the highest premiere. Internationally, the film was a huge hit; as of 2019, over 225 million unique viewers had viewed High School Musical. The film garnered mixed reviews from critics, with acclaim for its cast and music but criticism for its sentimentality; it was regarded more favorably by audiences. The soundtrack to the film was commercially and critically successful, peaking at number one on the Billboard 200 and reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100. In August 2007, a sequel, High School Musical 2, was released.
High School Musical 3: Senior Year in 2008 is the last High School Musical film. The film features six friends: Troy Bolton (Zac Efron), Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens), Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale), Sharpay's twin brother Ryan (Lucas Grabeel), Chad Danforth (Corbin Bleu), and Taylor McKessie (Monique Coleman). Their last spring musical reflects their experiences, hopes, and anxieties for the future.
High School Musical 3: Senior Year followed its predecessor's popularity. Disney obtained a $2 million tax discount, the state's greatest for a film. Walt Disney Pictures diverted a higher production and marketing budget for a theatrical release. The production returned to East and Murray High Schools, with additional scenes shot in Los Angeles. High School Musical 3: Senior Year premiered in London on October 17, 2008, and was released in the U.S. a week later. On release, critics praised the film's emotional tone, topics, and improved production standards as an upgrade over the previous two chapters. The film grossed nearly $90 million worldwide in its first three days, setting a record for a musical's highest opening weekend. The movie made $252 million globally. The soundtrack also did well, reaching number two on the Billboard 200.
In the latter part of the video above, Zac was asked in a new interview with E! News, "Would Zac Efron be interested in a High School Musical reboot?" The 34-year-old then smiled and responded, without hesitation:
Of course. Seriously, having the opportunity, in any form, to go back and work with that team would be so amazing. My heart's still there.
Clearly, HSM fans all across the world want Zac to return to East High and reprise his role as Troy Bolton. In any case, the whole original High School Musical ensemble is overdue for an IRL reunion — Zac sent in a taped message for fans at the film's 10th anniversary special telecast in 2016, and was not present during the cast's pandemic-lockdown Zoom reunion in 2020. But, according to Zac, his mind is still in the game, and he longs to be a Wildcat once more.
It remains to be seen whether this will truly happen, but the answer is over whether Vanessa will repeat her role as well. She told E! News in 2017.
I mean, I'm 28, I have the potential to be a teacher, yet I refuse! In my heart, I'm still a teen.
It was also stated that the key performers, such as Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, or any of the original Wildcats gang, would not be returning as the lead parts, but that the film will be cast with entirely different actors.
When Zac Efron played Troy Bolton in the first High School Musical film, he was only 19 years old.
Disney officially confirmed in early 2016 that High School Musical 4 was in development and casting was finally begun, but nothing has been heard since. The disappearance of the original cast and the absence of Ortega as a driving creative force are the major issues with a fourth High School Musical film.
Whether this thing would actually happen or not, people who grew up with this gang are definitely looking forward to seeing their reunion. Let us just hope to see them once more and experience the magic of High School Musical once more.