'High School Musical 4' cast news, rumors: Ashley Tisdale will not reprise her role as Sharpay

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Since a fourth installment of the hit coming-of-age series “High School Musical” was confirmed earlier this year, fans of the franchise have been on their toes for the alleged return of the original cast. Ashley Tisdale has put Sharpay loyalists out of the guessing game but in a bad way confirming that she will not be reprising her role.

To make matters worse, even a cameo is also out of the picture. The 30-year-old shares that the experience for her was so important that she just wants to leave it at that.

“Looking back, it was such a perfect thing for its time and was so pure that I just don’t know how you go from there,” Tisdale told New You referring to her stint in the famed Disney original series.

“‘High School Musical’ didn’t make us, we made ‘High School Musical’ because of our friendship, how close we were, and the magic there at the time. Kenny Ortega just made it what it was. Disney is an amazing company so I’m sure they’ll find some way to do it,” she added.

Tisdale’s character, Sharpay, was one-half of the Evans siblings with the other one named Ryan Evans, who was played by Lucas Grabeel. She was known for her flashy outfits and extreme confidence in herself. It will be interesting if the new installment in the franchise will have someone parallel to that of Sharpay’s character.

Aside from Tisdale, lead stars Vanessa Hudgens, who played newcomer Gabriella Montez, and Zac Efron, who played basketball jock Troy Bolton, have yet to comment on whether they are involved or not. However, from the looks of it, it is a little bit too farfetched as of now. Both stars are busy with their respective commitments. Hudgens is expected to play a lead role in NBC’s partnership project with the DC Universe titled “Powerless.” The comedy show will be about normal people dealing with the aftermath of the superhero fights in the city. It is scheduled to commence during the 20162017 television season.

Efron, on the other hand, has his hands full with movie projects including the big screen reboot of “Baywatch” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He is also rumored to be in talks to join Hugh Jackman in “The Greatest Showman on Earth.”

The upcoming installment of the “High School Musical” saga is tagged as “East Meets West.” The release date has yet to be announced.