By Andie Hagemann
Today, Disney+ announced that ZOMBIES 3—the much-anticipated third story in Disney Branded Television’s beloved musical franchise—will premiere globally on Friday, July 15, exclusively on the streaming service.
The trequel, which introduces a new group of mysterious outer space aliens to the diverse student body of zombies, cheerleaders, and werewolves at Seabrook High, will then make its Disney Channel debut on Friday, August 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a special encore premiere featuring additional bonus footage and a brand new “lost song” musical number. Multi-talented actor, Emmy®-winning host, and recording artist RuPaul Charles joins the cast as the voice of The Mothership, a comedically passive-aggressive UFO that brings the aliens to earth.
ZOMBIES 3 stars Milo Manheim as zombie Zed and Meg Donnelly as cheerleader Addison, who are beginning their senior year at Seabrook High in the town that’s become a safe haven for monsters and humans alike. Zed is anticipating an athletic scholarship that will make him the first zombie to attend college, while Addison is gearing up for Seabrook’s first international cheer-off. But extraterrestrial beings suddenly arrive in Seabrook, provoking something other than friendly competition! The movie also stars Chandler Kinney as Willa, Ariel Martin as Wynter, Pearce Joza as Wyatt, Carla Jeffery as Bree, Trevor Tordjman as Bucky, Kylee Russell as Eliza, Terry Hu as A-spen, Matt Cornett as A-lan, Kyra Tantao as A-li, James Godfrey as Bonzo, and Kingston Foster as Zoey.
The movie soundtrack features eight new song and dance numbers that shake things up by leaning into current trends while encompassing an “out-of-this world” sound. The song “Alien Invasion” kicks things off with a sci-fi vibe and electronic track that evokes Close Encounters, while new songs for Zed and Addison—including a third rendition of their hit duet “Someday”—reflect how their characters have grown and changed. Meanwhile, the werewolves pursue the aliens in “Come on Out,” an edgy song with a suspenseful feel. The digital soundtrack from Walt Disney Records will be available beginning July 15.
ZOMBIES 3 brand extensions will include a cross-category product line of apparel, costumes, and toys, including a fashion doll line by Hasbro, which will be available as early as June.
DGA Award winner Paul Hoen, who has directed a record-setting 15 Disney Channel Original Movies (The Luck of the Irish, Jump In, Let it Shine, Camp Rock 2, and both ZOMBIES movies, among them), directed ZOMBIES 3 from a screenplay by David Light and Joseph Raso. Light, Raso, and Suzanne Farwell (Disney’s Upside-Down Magic) are executive producers.
ZOMBIES 3 is a production of Bloor Street Productions.