Actors are mixed and matched to read together in hopes of a connection that will make them the perfect pair for the project. In the case of the new Disney Channel original movie Zombies, neither Meg Donnelly nor Milo Manheim needed a casting director to tell them they had chemistry.
Zombies looks at a semester at Seabrook High School, where students from nearby Zombietown are integrated into the school. Milo Manheim plays Zed, a charismatic zombie determined to play football. After the first time I met her, I had made it a goal to continue being friends with her whether or not one of us got a role, neither of us got a role or both got a role. The music- and dance-filled story looks at a semester at Seabrook High School, where students from nearby Zombietown are integrated into the school.
Humans and zombies must find a way to get along. Addison Donnelly is a freshman who dreams of being a cheerleader. But that changes when she meets Zed Manheim , a charismatic zombie determined to play football for the Mighty Shrimp, a team that desperately needs a win. The flak Addison takes for befriending a zombie changes when the team starts winning games. The process started with four weeks of rehearsals that included a lot of dancing and singing.
The fact Donnelly grew up performing musical theatre in Peapack, N. Both Donnelly and Manheim share a love for the same production: When Donnelly was 5, she watched nothing else but High School Musical, and her dream was always to be in a Disney Channel musical.
Manheim has seen the film more than any other movie and had a High School Musical-themed birthday party when he was 7. The Zombies stars became good friends while making the musical. That helped after long days of work, as they would help lift each other up for the next day.
What helped him work through the concerns was the direction given to him by Scott, as well as the gymnastics he had done in the past as part of a circus troupe, where he was on the trapeze and juggled. One of the dance numbers features a floor made of a trampoline material that no one was sure how to use except for Manheim.
He jumped into that number with a very physical enthusiasm. He was discovered when casting director Amber Horn saw his performance in Rent. He ended up playing the character a lot like himself, without all that brain-eating baggage.
As soon as filming wrapped, Donnelly headed back to work on American Housewife, where she plays a teenager headed into high school. Taylor is a little more self-conscious. If you miss the original broadcast, the soundtrack from Walt Disney Records will be released Friday with 10 original songs performed by the cast.