Disney's hit High School Musical is on track to graduate to the big screen in October, following 40 days of shooting in Salt Lake City, Utah for HSM3.
The third instalment in the trilogy, High School Musical 3: Senior Year
follows the same main characters as in the original two hit films, as they complete their senior year at East High School. With the high school seniors preparing to graduate and head in new directions, they stage a final musical "reflecting on their experiences, hopes and fears about the future".
All the stars from the original High School Musical TV movies have returned for the final part of this trilogy, including Zac Efron (Troy Bolton), Vanessa Hudgens (Grabiella Montez), Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay Evans), Lucas Grabeel (Ryan Evans), Corbin Bleu (Chad Danforth), and Monique Coleman (Taylor McKessie).High School Musical 3: Senior Year
features 10 new songs, and is due to hit cinemas in the United Sates on October 24th this year, although it will be released in some countries (including Great Britain) around a week earlier.
The film has an official budget of $13.3 million, and is the first of the franchise to be released directly into cinemas (rather than as Disney TV movies as with High School Musical 1 & 2).
HSM 3 is the final instalment with the current cast, but its believed Disney is considering a High School Musical 4
"spin-off" movie, following a "new generation" of students at East High School. The original High School Musical tv movie was a surprise smash hit for the Disney Channel. Its estimated HSM1 has been seen by over 200 million people worldwide.
Meanwhile, Disney is cleverly promoting the HSM3 big screen movie through its own reality tv show, High School Musical: Get in the Picture
Hosted by Nick Lachey, the ABC show follows teenagers across the United States, as they compete for spots at the "HSM Campus", with the ultimate prize of appearing in a music video which will play during the end credits of High School Musical 3. Open calls were held at Disney World, as well as some surprise auditions for performers nominated by friends and family.
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