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Zac Efron Cast in Footloose Remake

Let me preface this by saying I couldn't have cared less about Zac Efron — until I went to the Hairspray screening. And kind of fell in love a little. Which is almost inappropriate given the age difference, but hey, it's working for Ashton and Demi, right? Then, of course, there are photos like these that make me rethink young Efron's charms. So I don't know how I feel about this kid. He's pretty cute (underneath all the makeup) and he's definitely got some charisma onscreen. But today's casting news has me worried.

First off, a Footloose remake?
Now, my recast challenges are all in fun and harmless because, well, these perfect-the-first-time movies and TV shows are not actually being remade. This, however, is real. Footloose is actually going to be remade... by Kenny Ortega, the director of High School Musical. But... but... why?

Secondly, Zac Efron? Really?
As I just said, I like the kid, I really do. But can he "play Ren McCormack, the rebellious newcomer (originally played by Kevin Bacon) in a town where dancing has been banned"? Can he brood? Will he appropriately "kick off your Sunday shoes"?

What do you think? Can Efron handle this iconic role?

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