"Let's Hear It for the Boy": Crawford to Star in "Footloose" Remake

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20 May 2009

Kevin Bacon (left) and Chace Crawford
Kevin Bacon (left) and Chace Crawford
"Gossip Girl" star Chace Crawford will play Ren McCormack — the role created by Kevin Bacon — in the screen remake of the 1984 film "Footloose."
Crawford replaces "High School Musical" and "Hairspray" star Zac Efron, who was previously announced to head the cast of the film. As previously reported, Emmy-winning "High School Musical" director and "Dirty Dancing" choreographer Kenny Ortega will helm the movie musical, which is set to begin filming in March 2010.

Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Susannah Grant ("Erin Brockovich") has penned the latest adaptation of "Footloose." Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who delivered such films as "Chicago," Hairspray" and "A Raisin in the Sun" for television, will produce. Dylan Sellers is also attached to produce alongside director Ortega.

Previous reports stated that new songs are being written for the "Footloose" remake, which will also include many of the hits from the original, including "Let's Hear It for the Boy," "Almost Paradise," "Holding Out for a Hero" and the title track.

The original film starred Kevin Bacon and was later adapted into a 1998 stage musical under the direction of Walter Bobbie.