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Prom Pact- What We Know So Far

Looper 12/3/2022 Aly Walters
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While Disney has a lot of exciting adventures in the upcoming year, there's nothing better than a good, old-fashioned high-school romantic comedy. While not everything needs to be about romance these days, sometimes we crave those feel-good stories that remind us of our first crushes in our youth, how nice it was to hold hands, and just how special it is to fall in love for the first time. 

Disney is no stranger to the romantic genre. Many fans grew up on the whirlwind Shakespearean romance of Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) from Disney's "High School Musical" trilogy, who, due to their differing interests (science and basketball), didn't seem like a match. Disney allowed that Romeo and Juliet-esque storyline to resurface later in the "Zombies" trilogy, where a human girl falls in love with a, you guessed it, zombie. 

In 2023 Disney is set to dazzle audiences again with another sweet love story that focuses on ambition in life and the overall unexpectedness of falling in love. "Prom Pact" is one of the new, fun movies you'll find on Disney+ in 2023.

When Will Prom Pact Be Released?

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"Prom Pact" is due sometime in Spring 2023, which perfectly aligns with traditional prom schedules, proposals, and the chaos of planning it all.

The development of a new romantic comedy film for Disney was announced on February 6, 2022, and principal photography started about a month later in March. Filming took place in Vancouver, Canada (per Collider) and wrapped up in time for Peyton Elizabeth Lee and Milo Manheim, two stars from the film, to post the first look on Instagram on September 10.

The premise of the film has been described as somewhat Shakespearean, according to the film's creator, Julie Bowen. When chatting with Meet Cute, the "Modern Family" alum spoke about the film's lead character, noting, "She's a little bit strident, very type A, and she doesn't want to believe especially in heteronormative love, because she's so liberal. But then she falls, and there's that undeniable chemistry."

What Is The Plot Of Prom Pact?

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While everyone else is obsessing over prom dresses and sweating over prom proposals, the plot of "Prom Pact" follows overachieving high school senior Mandy Yang, who has prom as the very last thing on her mind. When Mandy discovers she's been put on the waitlist for Harvard, her dream school, she becomes determined to do anything she needs to get in. This includes tutoring Graham Lansing, the popular guy who is all in for prom and whose senator father happens to be a Harvard alum. Thinking this is her ticket into the prestigious university, Mandy offers to help Graham and learns that there is so much more to life than her academic goals.

According to the tagline of the film, Mandy is a feminist who is anti-love. "Prom Pact" explores her romance reluctance as she puts herself in a vulnerable position where she questions everything she's always known.

Who Is Starring In Prom Pact?

Blake Draper and Milo Manheim smiling © Presley Ann/Getty Images Blake Draper and Milo Manheim smiling

A few familiar faces make up the cast list in "Prom Pact." This includes Peyton Elizabeth Lee, who starred in the Disney TV series "Andi Mack" and "Doogie Kamealoha, M.D." Her appearance in "Prom Pact" will be her second movie role, with her first as Sam in "The Secret Society of Second-born Royals." Joining her as Mandy's best friend Ben is Milo Manheim, better known as Zed from Disney's "Zombies" movie franchise.

Arica Himmel ("Mixed-ish") and Jason Sakaki ("Devil in Ohio") play Mandy's other friends, Zenobia and Charles. Blake Draper ("Clickbait") stars as Graham Lansing, who at first represents everything Mandy can't stand and transforms into someone who opens up the world for her. Similar to the popular crowd, Monique Green ("Big Shot") will appear as a cheerleader.

According to Collider, Margaret Cho will star as the sarcastic counselor Ms. Chen, who will try her hardest to help Mandy get into Harvard but isn't afraid to throw in a joke or two. Wendi McLendon-Covey appears as Mandy's mom, Alyssa Yang. "Prom Pact" will see McLendon-Covey as a proud parent but one who worries that her daughter is growing up too soon. David S. Jung ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") will play Mandy's dad.

With an incredible cast and an irresistible premise, "Prom Pact" will surely capture our hearts when it debuts this upcoming spring.

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