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?