Chace Crawford to star in Footloose movie remake

Crawford steps into Footloose role after Efron drops out

Chace Crawford, celebrity gossip, marie claire
Chace Crawford, celebrity gossip, marie claire
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Crawford steps into Footloose role after Efron drops out

Chace Crawford, a.k.a Gossip Girl hottie, has landed the lead role of Ren McCormack in the forthcoming musical remake of Footloose.

The 23-year-old secured the all-singing, all-dancing part after High School Musical star Zac Efron dropped out in March, deciding he needed a new challenge. ‘I want to grow a bit with the types of movies I want to make’, said Efron earlier this year.

It could have been a match made in heaven as Kenny Ortega – the mastermind behind High School Musical – is on board to direct the movie.

However, now it is Crawford, best known for playing Nate Archibauld on teen TV drama Gossip Girl, who will reprise the role that made Kevin Bacon a heartthrob in 1984.

Now speculation remains over who will play Ren McCormack’s love interest, Ariel Moore.

Rumours are circulating that Hannah Montana star, Miley Cyrus, is the keen favourite. ‘They’ve expressed interest in Miley for the part. She is definitely in the mix’, revealed a source.

Hairspray actress, Amanda Bynes, and Heroes’ star Hayden Panetierre are also said to have auditioned.

The film centres around Ren McCormack, a teen rebel who moves to a small town where music and dancing is outlawed. The bad boy in tight jeans, however, soon brings everyone together with his dare-devil moves.

The film is slated for release in July 2010 – not too long to wait then girls!



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