The remake of the classic 1984 is on track to be made again, as the cast has been put together. Paramount Pictures said on Tuesday that Kenny Wormald, 25, who appeared in the MTV series DanceLife will play the role of Ren (made famous by Kevin Bacon). High School Musical star Zac Efron and Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford had both been attached to the remake but later dropped out. Thomas Dekker, who played John Connor in the excellent television show 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 will play Ariel, and Dennis Quaid will play the role of Reverend Moore. Paramount said the planned release date for the movie was April 1, 2011.
Not only has there been a problem locking down an actor for the lead role, but there has also been issues with retaining directors. Hairspray director Adam Shankman and Kenny Ortega, who directed High School Musical, both dropped out. Now, Craig Brewer, who also directed Hustle & Flow will be directing the remake. 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.