Pop Goes The News — Production is about to get underway in Toronto on a Disney Channel musical about cheerleaders – and the undead.
Zombies stars Meg Donnelly (American Housewife) and Milo Manheim (Ghost Whisperer).
The original movie, set to premiere on the cable channel next year, centres on the romance between Addison, a cheerleader at suburban Seabrook High School, and Zed, a football player who has transferred from Zombietown.
“We’re thrilled to … bring this new world of zombies and cheerleading to life,” said Disney Channel’s Adam Bonnett, in a release.
“We are excited to deliver this inspirational story about tolerance, inclusion, individuality, and conviction — each relatable themes for our viewers.”
Canada’s Trevor Tordjman (The Next Step) will play head cheerleader Bucky.
Also in the cast is Carla Jeffery (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as zombie Eliza.
Zombies, which is scheduled to shoot in June and July, is directed by Jeffrey Hornaday (Teen Beach Movie), who will choreograph with Christopher Scott.
Canada has hosted several zombie productions, most notably the Toronto-shot Dawn of the Dead in 2004 and made-in-Montreal Warm Bodies in 2013.
A number of Disney TV movies have been shot in and around Toronto, including the successful Camp Rock in 2008 and its 2010 sequel.