Disney announced Tuesday that High School Musical 4 will premiere on the Disney Channel in 2010. Yay! I think? Disney said the made-for-TV movie will feature an entirely new cast of East High Wildcats, since Troy (Zac Efron), Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens), and Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) will have graduated.
To me, this begs the question: Can HSM survive without Zac Efron? Based on my limited exposure to the movies, it’s rather apparent that perhaps the main reason people (and especially legions of young girls) watch HSM is for Efron. Adorable? Sure. But it isn’t just that. More than any other actor in the series, Efron seems to be the one always putting in 110 percent, and his movie stardom has always appeared to be just around the corner (see: Hairspray).
So, HSM fans, will you dance to the tunes of High School Musical 4 even if Efron’s mug isn’t singing along? And what do you make of the series’ return to the tube after High School Musical 3: Senior Year played in theaters to the tune of $251 million worldwide? Bring it!