Disney is conducting a search to fill the void left by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens when the High School Musical franchise bit the dust in 2008. Today, the company announced plans for a nationwide casting contest meant to find the next gleaming faces of High School Musical 4.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the newest iteration of High School Musical will again take place at East High, but with new students who have new dreams and who sing new songs. Although there's been rumblings about a new movie making its way to cable since 2010, the show's main stars—Efron, Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale—are now adults, and sadly not fit to reprise their former roles as children.
Once the next stars are selected, High School Musical 4 will be written and directed by familiar names. THR notes that Dan Berendsen and Peter Barsocchini—writers of all previous High School Musical movies—will indeed pen the script for the fourth installment of the franchise.
Jeffrey Hornaday, a veteran director for Disney films like Teen Beach Movie and Teen Beach 2, will perform double-duty as choregrapher and director.