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We can dance if we want to, the Footloose reboot has found its leading man

06.22.2010

We can leave our friends behind...cause if your friends don't dance...if they don't dance, well they're no friends of mine.

Sorry had to complete the lyrics.

Anyway, looks like the FOOTLOOSE remake has a new Kevin Bacon. Taking on the role of repressed dancer, Ren McCormack will be none other than Kenny Wormald!

Who???

After an extensive and exhausting worldwide search, newbie Kenny Wormald will be dancing into our hearts. For those of you who watch shows like DANCING WITH THE STARS, Julianne Hough will play the role of Ariel. Taking on the role of her Preacher Dad is Dennis Quaid. Reverend Shaw Moore was originally played by the amazing John Lithgow. It's sad that he won't be back to argue that dancing is a sexy tool used by the devil. But I know that Quaid will give it his 110%. Another newbie to join is Miles Teller who is filling the shoes once worn by Chris Penn as Willard Hewitt. Teller can be seen next in THE RABBIT HOLE starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.

The remake is being directed and written by Craig Brewer (BLACK SNAKE MOAN, HUSTLE & FLOW). Craig Zadan, who also served as a producer on the original film, joins partner Neil Meron (CHICAGO) and producers Brad Weston and Dylan Sellers (AGENT CODY BANKS) on the remake.

The producers are psyched about the casting of Wormald, “I saw ‘Footloose’ in my hometown theater when I was 13-years-old and it rocked my world. It was a teenage rebellion movie that explored the struggles of faith and family in a small town, and it had an awesome soundtrack. I can promise ‘Footloose’ fans that I will be true to the spirit of the original film. But I still gotta put my own Southern grit into it and kick it into 2011. It's going to be a blast!" said Brewer.

Zadan adds, "When we discovered Kevin Bacon in 1984, we were both excited and gratified – and also knew the chances of ever duplicating that effort was a million to one shot. Decades later Kenny Wormald proved history could repeat itself. We've wanted to work with Brewer ever since we saw ‘Hustle & Flow.’ His fresh and contemporary vision will bring ‘Footloose’ to a whole new generation of moviegoers when the movie opens in 2011."

Extra Tidbit: Are you excited?

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