Troubled "Footloose" movie remake gets cast together

Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:29pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The troubled remake of the 1984 classic movie musical "Footloose" has finally got its cast together, and chosen an unknown dancer to play the lead role made famous by Kevin Bacon.

Paramount Pictures said on Tuesday that Kenny Wormald, 25, who appeared in the MTV series "Dancelife" will play the role of Ren, a rebellious teen who shakes up a small town.

"High School Musical" star Zac Efron and "Gossip Girl" heart-throb Chace Crawford had both been attached to the remake but later dropped out. Thomas Dekker, who has appeared in the TV shows "Heroes" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles", had recently been rumored to be in the running for the lead role.

"Dancing With the Stars" champion and country singer Julianne Hough, 25, will play minister's daughter Ariel opposite Wormald. Actor Dennis Quaid will play the role of Reverend Moore, the main enforcer of the ban on rock music and dancing in the small mid-West town where the story is set.

Paramount said the planned release date for the movie was April 1, 2011.

The remake has also lost two directors in the past two years. "Hairspray" director Adam Shankman and Kenny Ortega, who directed "High School Musical," both dropped out, leaving the movie in the hands of "Hustle & Flow" director Craig Brewer.

Brewer said he had been a fan of "Footloose", which features hit songs "Let's Hear It For the Boy" and "Holding Out for a Hero", since he was 13 years old.

"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," Brewer said in a statement.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney)