Disney Channel made history when the first High School Musical movie premiered in January 2006. The fan-favorite musical flick spawned two sequels, a spinoff TV series — High School Musical: The Musical: The Series — and a forever fandom!
Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Gabriel and Monique Coleman, among others, the movie is not only responsible for some pretty iconic tunes (“Bop to the Top” or “Fabulous” anyone?), but a love story between Troy and Gabriella that fans will never forget. After the third, and ultimately final, installment hit theaters in 2008, there were rumors of a fourth movie. Although it was never made, fans still have hope that the stars will reunite one more time.
Unfortunately, it seems like director Kenny Ortega doesn’t have a High School Musical 4 in the works any time soon. “[It] isn’t in my thinking,” he told Variety in January 2021 when celebrating the HSM 15-year anniversary.
“I would love nothing more than a reunion where everyone, including Zac Efron, could have dinner together and say ‘Wow wasn’t that something?’ We don’t even need cameras there,” Kenny said about bringing the entire cast together all these years later.
However, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series announced that their fourth season will feature a High School Musical 4: The Reunion in which the HSMTMTS stars will be background extras — talk about meta!
In fact, Ashley even spoke to Entertainment Tonight in August 2021 about the throwback films and said, “no,” she would never want to play Sharpay Evans again.
“I just feel like I wouldn’t be able to really do that again and give it justice,” the Suite Life of Zack and Cody alum explained. “You know what I’m saying? I think at that moment in time, I was very unaware of myself and my surroundings, and I feel like that’s a big part of Sharpay. She is just not really aware, and so as I grew up and became more aware, I think that it’s just something that it wouldn’t be the same.”
Ashley added, “It’s so good, and it’s like, for me, I would hate to ruin something that is perfect for that moment, and yeah, I don’t think I could go back to it.”
This isn’t the only time Ashley, or other HSM cast members for that matter, have spoken about a reunion or bringing back heir roles. Since the massive film franchise came to end, the cast has often been asked about the possibility of a fourth movie. Not to mention, both Zac and Vanessa even went back to East High in 2022.
Scroll through our gallery to see what the High School Musical stars have said over the years.
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