You can’t keep a good corpse down, and if you don’t believe us, just look at the proof: zombies are everywhere. Some are trying to wipe out what’s left of the human race in The Walking Dead, while others are eating brains to help solve crimes on iZombie. Now they’re going to be singing and dancing their way onto the Disney Channel.
Think of it as High School Musical with dead people, just Disney-fied.
Zombies, scheduled to air in 2018, is set in a suburban town called Seabrook, known, says Disney, for its “uniformity, traditions and pep rallies.” But all of that gets shaken up with the arrival of transfer students from Zombietown (which leads us to believe that the undead are pretty much a reluctantly accepted part of society). Central to it all is a human cheerleader named Addison (Meg Donnelly from American Housewife) and a zombie football player named Zed (Milo Manheim from Ghost Whisperer), who fall in love despite the fact that one of them is alive and the other is...well, not. As Disney notes, "Now, amid chaos and confusion, it’s up to them to lead their community to coexistence."
Disney announces start of production and cast of Disney's "Zombies," the new music and dance-filled DCOM about zombies and cheerleaders. Set for 2018, the powerhouse team behind the movie include: director/choreographer Jeffrey Hornaday, choreographer Christopher Scott (both of #TeenBeachMovie). Effie Brown ("Star," "Dear White People") and Hornaday to executive-produce. #DisneyZombies @megdonnelly @trevorflanny @kyleerussell @carlajj93 @milo_jakob
In an interview with Newsday, Meg discussed her background training in music and dance — which first came in handy when she co-starred in a 2013 live production of The Sound Of Music on NBC — and the reason she fell in love with acting in the first place.
"I love hip-hop dancing," she said. "That’s my favorite, probably. But I also did tap for a while. I really like tap, too, but I did take hip-hop dance classes. And [for acting], it was the first time that I ever performed live — there’s not a better feeling than finishing a performance and people applauding for you. That’s, like, the best feeling ever. So I think that’s why I keep doing it."
Additional cast members in Zombies include Carla Jeffery as Addison’s friend, Bree; Trevor Torjman as head cheerleader Bucky, who is also Addison’s cousin; and Kylee Russell as Eliza, Zed’s zombie best friend.
Zombies marks a reunion of director Jeffrey Hornaday and choreographer Christopher Scott, who worked together on both Teen Beach Movie and Teen Beach 2.
Disney Channel Executive Vice President Adam Bonnett says, "We're thrilled to be working with Jeffrey Hornaday again to bring this new world of zombies and cheerleading to life. Jeffrey and Chris Scott have delivered some of our most memorable musical sequences on Disney Channel; and now we are excited to deliver this inspirational story about tolerance, inclusion, individuality and conviction."
Doesn't sound like there will be much brain eating in this zombie tale, does it? Singing and dancing, yes. Brain eating, no.
This post originally appeared on our sister site, Twist magazine.