So this Footloose remake thing appears to really be happening. There was hope for a collapse when Zac Efron dropped out so of the film so as not to be known as the fruity dancing guy, although I'm not so sure why the dancing thing is so relevant here. Kevin Bacon got down for a kid in a small town without the internet or Darren's Dance Moves, but it's not like he was going all Tony Danza on us. It's almost like nobody even watched the original, I swear if someone turns this into that Julia Stiles dancing movie Hollywood is going to need a tasering.
Unfortunately it appears Paramount and director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan) are still focusing on the dancing aspect as they just cast the unknown 24 year old Kenny Wormald seemingly because he's a trained dancer. Joining him will be Julianne Hough, one of the people that aren't stars on Dancing with the Stars, which makes perfect sense because the preacher's daughter in a town that doesn't allow dancing is often mistaken as classically trained.
Ren's friend, played in the original by the late great Chris Penn, will be played by Miles Teller. I don't know who he is either so fret not. The one worthwhile bit of casting that seems like a waste considering is Dennis Quaid playing the uptight preacher role that John Lithgow formerly dominated. For the sake of fans everywhere I just hope they have some sort of proper homage to the amazing solo dancing in the warehouse scene from the original. And Kenny Loggins. [via /film]