Once a wild cat, always a wild cat – especially if you’re taking a surprise trip to Zac Efron East High.
Efron, who portrays basketball and singing star Troy Bolton in the beloved “High School Musical” series, shared a photo on Instagram Friday of his return to the movies set.
“Don’t you…forget about me,” the actor wrote in the post, referencing the song from Simple Minds and another fan-favorite teen film, “The Breakfast Club.”
Efron’s visit to Salt Lake High School East, the Utah school that largely served as a set for “High School Musical,” comes just weeks after Vanessa Hudgens shared a similar Instagram post.
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In “High School Musical,” Hudgens played Gabriella Montez, a high-achieving student and lead singer (and of course, Troy’s love interest). On June 26, the actress posted a short video of herself outside East High – with the “Breaking Free” duet from the first film onscreen.
“Do you remember how you met a kid in kindergarten and knew nothing about him, then 10 seconds later you’re playing like you’re best friends because you have to be nothing but yourself?” Hudgens cited one of Gabriella’s “High School Musical” lines.
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Both actors’ Instagram posts have generated endless excitement, including some fan speculation in comments about a possible cameo in the Disney+ current “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” For example, Efron’s post came just days before the premiere of HSMTMTS Season 3 — which debuted on Wednesday.
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“I hope this means you and Vanessa guest on HSMTMTS,” wrote one Instagram user on Efron’s Friday post.
“Once a wild cat, always a wild cat. ️” wrote HSMTMTS’ Instagram. Disney Plus account added: “Once a wildcat… “
Disney has not confirmed guest appearances for Efron or Hudgens. But Corbin Blue, who played Chad Danforth in the “High School Musical” movies, is set to guest star as a fictionalized version of himself in HSMTMTS Season 3.
On the first season of Disney’s HSMTMTS, original “High School Musical” cast members Lucas Grabeel and Casey Stroll also made special appearances.
In May, Efron told E! There is news that he would love to appear in a possible “High School Musical” movie reboot in the future. “My heart is still there… I hope so,” he said at the time.
HSMTMTS doesn’t exist in the same universe as the “High School Musical” movies. The TV spinoff — which stars Olivia Rodrigo, Sofia Wylie, Joshua Bassett, and more — follows fictional high schoolers who attend the Utah school where “High School Musical” was filmed.
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“High School Musical” was fictionally set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but it was actually filmed in Utah—primarily Salt Lake City. HSMTMTS filmed at the same school, Salt Lake High School East, as the original films.
This article was originally published in USA Today: Zac Efron returns to ‘High School Musical’ set in Instagram post