Billy Ray Cyrus Confirms a ‘Hannah Montana’ Prequel Is In The Works

Billy Ray Cyrus is ready to reprise his role as Robby Ray Stewart. In a recent interview with HollywoodLife, Cyrus…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 4, 2020


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Billy Ray Cyrus is ready to reprise his role as Robby Ray Stewart.

In a recent interview with HollywoodLife, Cyrus revealed that a prequel to the popular Disney Channel show Hannah Montana is in the works and that it’s all about his character.

“They’re talking about doing a prequel, which to me, I would do that in a heartbeat,” the recent Grammy winner shared. “Because that means I get to get my mullet back.”

In the show, Cyrus played Robby Ray, father to his real-life daughter, Miley Cyrus, who portrayed the role of Hannah Montana.

Originally, Billy Ray was hesitant to accept the role, however, he eventually obliged.

“They had cast me as her dad, and I said, ‘They should get a real actor. I don’t want to mess that show up. They should get a real actor to play her dad, because this is a great script and a great concept,” he explained. “‘It’s going to blow Miley up. It’s going to be big.’”

According to Billy Ray, there is a “whole story that led up to Miley becoming Hannah Montana” that is left to be told.

While nothing has been confirmed, fans of the hit show can rest easy knowing the Hannah Montana storyline may not be gone forever.

Hannah Montana aired on the Disney Channel for four seasons from 2006-2011. The family-friendly sitcom spawned a movie, sold-out tours and launched Miley Cyrus’ pop career.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.