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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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jessie123 jessie123 8 years
I like Zac Efron he has done awesome things for musicals these days but I can't picture him playing Ren. I just can't picture him doing a role like that and i just think its a little shady that Kenny is directing it and Zac gets the lead role. Not taking anything away from Zac i think hese good and all but that just doesn't make since to me that he gets the lead for a role like that to me it just seems so different from his other roles. I love Footloose and I'm sad that its getting remade i loved Kevin in that movie to.
BB18 BB18 9 years
So I am probably a younger viewer of the original footloose being that I wasn't even born at the time of it's release but I feel that it was such a triumph and had such an impact for it's time period that to remake it is just poor judgement...It was an 80's based movie that paved the way for fashion and so many other cultural aspects of the early 80's the time of it's release helped to enhance it's overall all appeal to the public. I believe this current "Footloose" will not be nearly as good as the original it is impossible since the actors are basically recreating a prexisting character, whereas the original was the product of the performers making a character out of some lines on a paper and there own beliefs and thoughts. On a side note I may be biased because i truelly hate the HSM cast, not as people but as actors they are far to juvenial and I honestly do not believe they respect the art form which is what acting truelly is. Now with there being contests every other day to find the next star the current generation doesn't always achieve success on merrit but sometimes on looks, or personality. The sadest part of what I am saying is that I am the current generation and I can see how much the modern world has allowed people to achieve without actually working for success. Anyway now that I have gone a long winded tangent I just have to say I don't think any remake is a good Idea unless you are taking a bomb and remaking it to allow the true potential to shine through. I think Footloose achieved everything it needed to in 1984.
bmounce bmounce 9 years
ok ,I do agree that in some cases remakes should be band for example grease 2. But I do think that efron has talent that some people forget because of his former work. ButI think in this case that everyone should just wait before anyone opens their mouth about this movie .
bangbrutal bangbrutal 9 years
I think zac efron should stick to high school musical and let the professionals worry about footloose. Footloose is one of my all time fave movies. There shouldnt be a remake, but if there is Kevin bacon should be in it.
hibabby5 hibabby5 9 years
*Falls off chair* WTF!!!! im mad!!! i HATE ZAC EFRON LIKE UGH!!! and that means since he's in it all the little kid's are going to be watching it just cuz he's in it. so that means... 1. NOT BAD WORD'S 2. NO SEXUAL REFRENCES GAH THIS IS HORRIBALLE AND TRAGIC NEWS
zannadoo zannadoo 9 years
I realize loads of you are disgusted that they'd remake the movie... I'm more disgusted that they'd turn one of my absolute favorite musicals into a movie! It was bad enough with Hairspray, which I HATED (the fielm I mean), but to do it to Footloose too... no. It shouldn't happen. Not at all. ESPECIALLY if Zac Efron is involved. It means all the stupid teenage chavs will all suddenly be obsessed with that instead of Hairspray, and it'd honestly be awful for such a sophisticated and truely briliant musical.
ekdkdk1 ekdkdk1 9 years
I agree with not being a Zac Efron fan until Hairspray, but my 7 year old has been in love with him since High School Musical (which I refuse to watch, I did see 2 and it was not good). As far as him being recast, I think he can brood, but I see no need to recast the movie. It is still being enjoyed by the newest generations, both of my kids love the movie the way it is, so why mess with a good thing. Although, if they recast I hope they have a person with a little more meat on her bones than Lori Singer, she was way sickly skinny!
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i like him and i thnik he'll be great in this role. he takes direction well and he's got "something" that makes people notice him. a remake will be fun. it's a light piece, he can handle it.
reggie21 reggie21 9 years
Who the hell is this kid, anyway?
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I think he could do it. Because as much as I love Kevin Bacon, he was really dorky in that movie, and I mean that in the nicest of all ways. So I could see Zac Efron filling those dance shoes!
genvessel genvessel 9 years
hairspray needed to be remade, honestly, and they did a FABULOUS job with it. i thought that it was truly the best movie of the summer and zac did a great job in it. as for him playing in footloose - we'll have to see. i'm a little nervous that it's kenny ortega (of HSM and Newsies fame) since he tends to get a little campy for my tastes, but the man can choreograph, so yeah. and say what you want about zac, but the boy can sing. so there's that. people have been drawing a lot of comparisons b/w him and john travolta both being kings of the musicals - it'll be interesting to see how that pans out for zac's career long term. i have a hunch that he'll be the most successful of the HSM set.
jujuberry2004 jujuberry2004 9 years
Ok. WTF!!!!Why are they remaking everything? Zac Efron's career is gonna be one big remake. Hairspray wasn't enough? How tragic.
Penny4545 Penny4545 9 years
he is too pretty/tan to play the brooding bad-ass part
yyam084 yyam084 9 years
no!!!!the movie will be a gay...zac is gay...hairspray is gay..period....not footloose!!!
nhancieh522 nhancieh522 9 years
..i don't know, i like zac efron personally, so if they think he can do it, they could try don't they... if it doesn't work that well, well, that's the risk wiht business right?...
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
zac is just a kid. my 6 year old is totally ga-ga over him so i have more information than i normally would on him. the hair dye/new teeth/fake tan he had for hairspray make him look much older than he did a year ago. i think he must have liked the way he looked on screen and tried to get the same look off screen. a little clay akins-ish, you know. i thought he did a great job in hairspray. if the experimenting with his looks stuff is as odd as he gets that's fine by me.
sparkle-spaz-64 sparkle-spaz-64 9 years
okay. I'm not one to even comment like this, but something has to be said. I think what people are getting so upset about is the fact that they think Hollywood is remaking the movie- they are not. They are making a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical, which is based on the Kevin Bacon movie. Same with Hairspray. First it was the movie by John Waters [amazing, one of the favorites in my personal collection], then it was a Broadway show [double-amazing, one of my favorite shows I've ever seen], and now it is a Movie Musical [amazingamazingamazing, I couldn't control my level of excitment in the theatre- I got chills]. This is what they'll be doing with Footloose. Opening it up to those who haven't seen the Broadway show or even the original movie will give a whole new generation an interest in the theatre and just plain awesome music and acting, period. When I heard that Zac Efron was going to play Link Larkin in the movie adaptation of Broadway's Hairspray, I almost peed my pants, I was so excited. When I found out he'd be playing Ren McCormick in the movie adaptation of Broadway's Footloose, I actually did pee my pants, because not only was I excited to see this different take on such a treasured story, but I was excited to see Mr. Efron bring to life just another musical theatre icon. I'm really impressed with his artistic decisions so far and can't wait to see what's next for him. So for all those who are hating this casting decision and this movie idea, I ask you all just to back off. If you don't like Zac, fine. Don't like him. But don't trash something that will change someone else's life- because you know what, someone somewhere will watch that movie [whether it be Hairspray, Footloose, or even frickin' High School Musical] and they'll try out for their school play and then they might be the next Broadway star. At least, that's how it happened for them- John Travolta, Kevin Bacon... the theatre gave them their voice. And I hope that's how it happens for me. Right now, I'm just a senior in high school with aspirations of being a Musical Theatre major, but I hope that someday I can be much more [hell, tell me when and where the audtions are for this thing and I'll be there in a second]. It's thanks to movies and musicals like these that I can even hope to have these dreams. Think about it.
I_love_fashion I_love_fashion 9 years
weel at least they arnt remaking breakfast at tiffanys with some disney shit like vanessa hudgens or miley cyrus(cant spell 4 shite!) in audreys shoes!
<3-Gossip <3-Gossip 9 years
So disappointed that they are re-making footloose.
SparklinSeahorSe SparklinSeahorSe 9 years
you know, he really is talented. but footloose is like grease. you can't remake it.
Heather36782 Heather36782 9 years
NO!!!! Don't remake Footloose. It is a classic. Please don't destroy it.
Yawhite Yawhite 9 years
Has everyone forgotten that footloose was already remade? sure it was remade into a stage musical, but remade never the less. I love the original movie, but I don't think this remake will be trying to redifine the original movie or in any way replace Kevin Baacon as ren. As for Zac Efron plaing the role, I honestly don't know. he's got alot of charisma and has proved himself in campy cult features, and if anyone saw that movie he was in with Mary-Louise Parker they probably have a little more faith in him then others. I think he deserves a chance, though I don't think there's any gauruntee he'll succeed with the role. Plus I'ma fan of Kenny Ortega despite his directing The Cheetah Girls 2, just look at Newsies or any other films he's done, they're all catchy and fun.
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
Zac Efron looks like Clay Aiken? Yeah, I saw that post oh Perez Hilton too.
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