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Chace Crawford to Kick Off His Sunday Shoes

The Gossip Girl boys are getting some iconic roles these days. First Ed Westwick is cast as Heathcliff in the Wuthering Heights adaptation and now this: Chace Crawford will take the lead role, originally played by Kevin Bacon, in the remake of Footloose.

Directed by choreographer extraordinaire Kenny Ortega (Dirty Dancing, Newsies, High School Musical(s)), this project will be "a more mature, edgy version of Footloose than the original." Zac Efron was previously attached to star in the film, but he dropped out, saying, "I want to grow a bit with the types of movies I want to make. It was more along the lines that I was looking for a new challenge, and this was another musical." I'm curious about Efron's use of the word "musical," however, since the original Footloose was not a musical but rather just a drama about the dancing and high school romance (and living in a town where dancing is banned!). There hasn't been any indication that this new movie will be based on the stage musical (which was based on the 1984 movie), but maybe that's the case.

Variety notes that since this new version will allegedly be edgier and more mature, it helps that Crawford's Gossip Girl audience is slightly older than that of Efron's High School Musical. What do you think about Crawford in this role? Can he pull it off?

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SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
This could be good. I'd watch it just to see Chace.
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
nevaeh1978- ed westick (chuck) is heathcliff- two films, two different GG cast. I thought this was old news. I wonder what it'll be like without it's 80's charm..... I hope there's not going to be a remake of Dirty Dancing- I'm still getting my head round it being on stage, but having a new film would be sacrilege!
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I don't think Footloose should be remade. It's a classic.
pargie pargie 8 years
Well he's hawt, I'll give him that.
emalove emalove 8 years
Interesting...I love Footloose. Not sure how I feel about a remake.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
Glad that they didn't cast Efron, but now I'm even more disappointed that they cast Crawford. Lets face it, he's not as good an actor as the rest of the Gossip Girl cast, and now they want me to believe that he's a dancing machine. I don't think so. But since it's in writing I would hope that he might take some lessons, & not dance, but acting lessons. What I still don't get is why someone would feel the need to remake such a classic, but I think the answer might as well be money.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
Whoa, from Heathcliff to Footloose. That's very interesting. I wonder if he can pull them off.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
well, he's a so so actor, but its footloose....the question is can he dance?? ps....i love kenny ortega and the newsies!!!!!!!
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
I knew he was gonna get the part! :cheer:
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Come to think of it he does look like Efron...only about a thousand times hotter ;)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm still a bit surprised that he's going to be the lead in footloose but i guess anything's possible.
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