In September 2021, the streaming service announced that the show would be returning for more episodes. This time, production for the show would switch locations from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles.
“We are overjoyed to be heading to the great outdoors for season three, and grateful to our partners and friends at Disney+ for their continued support of our next-generation Wildcats,” creator and executive producer Tim Federle said in a statement at the time.
The series — based on the series of Disney Channel Original Movies which premiered in 2006 with Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, among others — stars Joshua Bassett (Ricky), Olivia Rodrigo (Nini), Sofia Wylie (Gina), Kate Reinders (Miss Jenn), Matt Cornett (E.J.), Dara Reneé (Kourtney), Julia Lester (Ashlyn), Frankie Rodriguez (Carlos) and more. The show follows these new East High students in a reality show-style format as they prepare for the school’s various musicals. Throughout the first season, they tackled the original High School Musical and debuted some original songs. The second season had the high schoolers put their own spin on Beauty and the Beast, and the third will have the Wildcats starring in Frozen.
And yes, all your favorite stars will be returning — including Olivia. Following her role on the show, the actress’ career blew up and allowed her to release solo music throughout 2021. At the end of HSMTMTS season 2, her character, Nini, was offered a chance to write her own music and become a major star.
“I think things are open-ended actually for a number of characters just because you want the maximum flexibility going forward,” Tim shared during an interview with HollywoodLife in July 2021. “I think Olivia is a massive part of our success, but I think season 3 is sort of a TBD in terms of where Nini’s journey would go.”
Olivia, for her part, confirmed that she would be returning to the show in December 2021. Months earlier, the actress discussed the future of her career in Hollywood.
“I really don’t know where my career’s going to go in the next five years or in the next 10,” the “Good 4 U” songstress shared with GQ in August 2021. “I’m really grateful that I get to be [acting and singing] now. I just think it’s about finding projects and writing songs I feel really passionate about.”
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