There’s officially a new member of the Wildcat family. Disney formally announced that actor Joshua Bassett has snagged the lead role in the upcoming HSM series, High School Musical: The Musical, where he’ll be playing the character, Ricky.

“Joshua’s interpretation of the Ricky character was brilliant – funny, winning and, at the same time, uniquely vulnerable. The audience is going to love watching this charismatic young actor put his stamp on this next chapter of the High School Musical franchise,” said Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide in a statement.

And as for Joshua? The 17-year-old actor is simply thrilled to be a part of the next chapter of this beloved franchise.

“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!” he said. And he’s no stranger to the Disney Channel family either. Joshua had a recurring role on Stuck In the Middle as Aidan Peters.

The docu-style series will consist of 10 episodes and will air on Disney’s upcoming digital streaming service. It’s is basically going to be like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime situation, so you’ll need to have a monthly subscription in order to see all the shows and movies on there. The HSM show follows the story of Ricky and Nini who have been dating for a year until Nini breaks up with Ricky out of the blue. He decides to audition in East High’s upcoming winter theater production of High School Musical in hopes to star opposite Nini. So as you can imagine, there will plenty of drama along the way! And each episode will feature a new twist on a classic song from the HSM catalog, along with an original tune too. Ricky and Nini seem to be the couple the show will be focusing on and as we know, Troy and Gabriella‘s love story was a central plot in the OG movies. The new team of Wildcats is slowly coming together. What a time.

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