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'High School Musical' TV Series Finds First Lead in Joshua Bassett

The new High School Musical: The Musical digital series has just found it’s first lead – Joshua Bassett!

The 17-year-old actor, who guest starred on the network’s Stuck in the Middle in the final season, will play Ricky, a cynical but charming high school junior who launches a bold plan to win back his ex-girlfriend Nini – by auditioning to star opposite her in the school’s production of “High School Musical.”

The series is a 10 episode series, which follows a group of high school students who stage a performance of “High School Musical” for their fall theater production, only to realize that as much drama happens offstage as onstage. Every episode will include a new rendition of a beloved song from “High School Musical” as well as an original song.

The show will debut on Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service, which is set to launch in late 2019, and will be filmed in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a single camera documentary style.

“As someone whose childhood was shaped by the cultural phenomenon that is ‘High School Musical,’ I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to tell this story. Go Wildcats!” Joshua shared in a statement.

'High School Musical' Starts Casting For Digital Series - Meet The Characters Here!

Casting for Disney’s High School Musical digital TV series has begun!

The network revealed this morning that casting for High School Musical: The Musical, has started and also announced all the characters for the show, which will debut on the upcoming streaming service.

High School Musical: The Musical is described as a “fresh take” on the iconic franchise and will consist of 10 episodes, following a group of students at East High who stage a performance of “High School Musical” for their winter theater production, only to realize that as much drama happens offstage as onstage.

Every episode will include a new rendition of a beloved song from the original High School Musical plus a new, original song.

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'Star Wars,' 'High School Musical,' & 'Monsters, Inc.' to Get TV Series on Disney Streaming Service

Disney’s upcoming streaming service has announced three exciting new series!

A live-action Star Wars series is in the works and it is set to launch in 2019.

New shows based on the Disney Channel film franchise High School Musical and the beloved Pixar film Monsters, Inc. are also in the works, according to THR.

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the new shows during a quarterly earnings call with investors on Thursday (November 9) and he also talked about the pricing for the streaming service, which he says will be lower than the price of Netflix. The company is also considering licensing content from other studios for the streaming service!

The Star Wars news comes right after plans for a new film trilogy were announced.

'High School Musical' Fans Lose Their Minds When They Find Coach Bolton - Watch!

Coach Bolton has been spotted on by some diehard High School Musical fans!

Bart Johnson – the actor who played Troy Bolton (Zac Efron)’s dad in the Disney Channel film franchise – was recently spotted while he was out for a run by a couple of fans.

A fan can be heard in the Instagram video yelling “Wait, please! It’s Troy Bolton’s dad!” before Bart runs over to them.

Bart then delivers the famous High School Musical line “What’s up Wildcats? Keep your head in the game!” before continuing on with his run.

Bart currently stars in Amazon’s Gortimer Gibbons and is married to Blake Lively‘s older sister Robyn who he shares three kids with.

Watch the fan interaction below!

Zac Efron's Apology to Paris Jackson Has Everything to Do With 'High School Musical'

Paris Jackson spoke from the heart of every High School Musical fan out there when she talked about her 10-year-old self’s disappointment in Zac Efron.

Paris stopped by The Tonight Show last week, and she revealed a heartbreak she has been nursing for some time: “The first [concert] that I actively really wanted to see was ‘High School Musical Live,’” she told Jimmy Fallon, but when she went to the performance Zac Efron wasn’t there.

“I was so bummed,” Paris remembered.

Zac feels so bad about the incident that he apologized to Paris on E! News, saying: “I’ll make sure I’m on set next time if you come to visit.”

He even offered her an invitation to the Baywatch premiere!

Yes, please!