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FOOTLOOSE remake finds lead

footloose-poster.Paramount Pictures has announced that Chace Crawford, one of the stars of the CW show Gossip Girl, has landed the lead in its remake of the popular 1984 film, Footloose. Crawford replaces Zac Efron. After doing a lot of work on the film in the pre-production stage, Efron took a pass, deciding he didn’t want to be typecast as solely a song and dance man. Kenny Ortega, who helmed High School Musical, will direct and is scheduled to begin filming in March of 2010.

Is this another needless remake? Probably, as the story of a city kid who moves to a small town where local government has banned dancing and rock music was a little more believable twenty five years ago than now. The original made a star out of 25 year old actor Kevin Bacon, who played the lead character, Ren McCormack. He was quite good and Crawford will be hard pressed to follow that star making turn. Actually, in many ways, Footloose was stolen by late actor Chris Penn who was tremendously likeable as Ren’s best friend, Willard, who doesn’t know how to dance until Ren teaches him. The original Footloose also featured one of the great soundtracks of all time with songs like Footloose (Kenny Loggins), Let’s Hear it for the Boy (Deniece Williams), Almost Paradise (Mike Reno) and Holding out for a Hero (Bonnie Tyler).

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May 21, 2009 - Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I’m sure the same young girls who like Zac Efron will like this – I’ll give it a pass. I think I remember being embarrassed for Kevin Bacon when I saw the original on video long after its theatre release.

    Comment by annetampabay | May 21, 2009 | Reply


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