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Stars Sign Up for 'High School Musical 3'

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Jan 15, 2008 | 5:54am EST

Zac EfronVanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale have all officially signed up for High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

Six of the original stars of the Disney movie have completed contracts to appear in the third installment in the film series.

Corbin BleuMonique Coleman and Lucas Grabeel will also revive their roles for the forthcoming TV film, which will see the characters facing the daunting prospect of being split up as they graduate and head off to different colleges.

Director Kenny Ortega is delighted to see the cast reunited for the final picture.

He tells People.com, "I am the luckiest guy in the world and I know it. This will be our last time together and I love working with these kids so much. It's going to be great."

Tisdale, who plays school diva Sharpay in the hit franchise, is equally pleased about the prospect of working on a third project--but admits it will be hard to eventually say goodbye to HSM.

She says, "I'm excited. But it's going to be sad. It seems like it will be graduation and I'll be crying while we're filming."

High School Musical--a made-for-TV movie--enjoyed phenomenal worldwide success since its release in 2006, turning it into a global brand.

Over 7.7 million tuned in to its first broadcast in the U.S. alone and the highly anticipated sequel, High School Musical 2, attracted a record-breaking

17.2 million viewers in America in 2007--making it the most successful cable broadcast ever. The third installment is due to start filming early this year.

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