Disney’s High School Musical TV series has found its first lead.
Joshua Bassett, a theater along with Disney actor, has landed the main role of Ricky from the 10-episode series, High School Musical: The Musical, for Disney’s upcoming streaming service launching late next year, ET has learned.
Bassett will play the cynical although charming high school junior who launches a bold plan to win back his ex-girlfriend, Nini: by auditioning to star opposite her from the school’s production of High School Musical. Disney began casting for the main roles, eight in total (including Ricky), in early September.
“Joshua’s interpretation of the Ricky character was brilliant — funny, winning along with, at the same time, uniquely vulnerable. The audience can be going to love watching This particular charismatic young actor put his stamp on This particular next chapter of the High School Musical franchise,” said Gary Marsh, President along with Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide.
“As someone whose childhood was shaped by the cultural phenomenon which can be High School Musical, I am thrilled to develop the opportunity to continue to tell This particular story. Go Wildcats!” Bassett said.
The story follows a group of high school students who stage a performance of High School Musical for their fall theater production, only to realize which as much drama happens offstage as onstage. Every episode will include a brand-new rendition of a beloved song via High School Musical, as well as the debut of an original song. The series will be filmed in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Bassett, 17, can be a relative film along with TV newcomer, having starred in a 2015 short film, a handful of guest starring roles, including Fox’s Lethal Weapon along with the forthcoming Bravo crime adaptation, Dirty John, along with an arc on Disney Channel’s Stuck from the Middle. On the stage, the Oceanside, California, native — who can be also a dancer along with guitarist — has performed in over 30 musical productions since he began at age seven.
Tim Federle (Ferdinand) along with Oliver Goldstick (Pretty Little Liars), who will serve as the showrunner, are executive producing the brand-new series.
High School Musical: The Musical premieres in 2019 on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.