'High School' actor to star in motocross film
“High School Musical” co-star Corbin Bleu is leaving the Disney Channel fold to topline “Metal Birding,” a motocross actioner for Rigel Entertainment.Bleu will portray a motocross racer who dreams of winning the Amateur National Championships, but must juggle his passion for the sport while struggling to support his family. Jeff Woolnough (“Taken,” “Battlestar Galactica”) helms from a script by Jeffrey Nicholson and Joshua Leibner. Rigel is producing in association with Up North Entertainment. Executive producers include Rigel’s John F.S. Laing, David Doerksen and Jim O’Grady of Waterfront Pictures and Michael Emanuel of Canal Street Films. Randy James of James/Levy Management, Blueman Inc.’s David Reivers, and Donald Paul Pemrick and Dean E. Fronk of Pemrick/Fronk Casting also are exec producing the project. Pic starts lensing in November in Vancouver. Rigel has previously produced Stuart Gordon’s “Stuck,” “Blonde and Blonder” and “When a Man Falls in the Forest.” Once “Birding” is complete, Bleu will likely return to co-star in the third installment of the “High School Musical” franchise, which Disney will release theatrically next year. In January, he starred in “Jump In!” a Disney Channel pic that bowed to strong ratings.