‘Footloose’ Remake Cast Announced

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 11th, 2013 at 4:08 am,

Paramount has officially revealed the identities of the main cast members that will star in their remake of the 1980s flick Footloose, which is being written and directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow).

A 26-year old Kevin Bacon starred in the original Footloose as a hip teenager from Chicago who butts heads with the local heads of his new home – an old-fashioned town out West, where dancing and rock music are outlawed.  With the help of some admittedly impressive dance moves and now classic ’80s tunes like “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” and the title track, the young man sets out to fix this most unfathomable of problems.

Dancer/sort-of actor Kenny Wormald (from the MTV series Dancelife) will step into Bacon’s iconic role for the remake, while Miles Teller (wait, who?) will play a knuckle-headed local that befriends Wormald’s city boy.  Julianne Hough (Show Me the Money) will take on the requisite love interest role and play the daughter of the small town’s conservative preacher (Dennis Quaid, taking over for John Lithgow in the original).

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Brewer will work from a screenplay of his own creation, which itself is based off Dean Pitchford’s script for the 1984 original.  Suffice it to say, I imagine that Brewer’s version of Footloose will probably be a bit more family-friendly and lack the overt blaxploitation influences of his previous film, Black Snake Moan.

Those curious as to why Brewer feels the need to remake Footloose (financial motivation aside) can take his comments on the matter (see below) into consideration:

“I saw ‘Footloose’ in my hometown theater when I was 13-years-old and it rocked my world.  It was a teenage rebellion movie that explored the struggles of faith and family in a small town, and it had an awesome soundtrack.  I can promise ‘Footloose’ fans that I will be true to the spirit of the original film.  But I still gotta put my own Southern grit into it and kick it into 2011.. It’s going to be a blast!”

So what do you think?  Are you excited for this remake of Footloose?  Any thoughts on how it could be updated for the 21st century?  Sound off in the comments section below.

The Footloose remake is tentatively scheduled to arrive in theaters in the U.S. in 2011.

Source: Paramount (via /Film)

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  1. whywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhy?

    • I’ll see it only if it’s in 3D..

  2. I have to agree with MBL.

  3. I’m going to be shot for this (maybe) but I don’t even like the original Footloose all that much

  4. What do I want more than a remake of Footloose? Maybe a sponge bath from my 91 year old Nana.

    This movie happened in an era where Judd Nelson’s ear piercing and racing gloves were rebellious…ok? So – how is Brewer going to make dancing taboo in the current day where most parents are worried about keeping their kids off meth and convincing them not to run away to see an “18 year old” they met on facebook because he’s really a 54 year old perv in his mom’s basement with an internet connection?

    It’s going to be difficult to capture that 80’s cinema naivete where it seems plausible that the administration is concerned about dancing over teenage pregnancy. That, AND, it’s Kevin Bacon’s role. He has his “Bacon smell” all over this movie.

    I suggest everybody cut, everybody cut, loose of this film.

  5. I liked the Kenny Loggins tune, but never saw Footloose. Even back then I had some taste in films.

    Go ahead remake it, who cares I hope studio goes bankrupt funding it. Do it in 3D that will bring in the kids.


  6. Hmmm I just reviewed the Original film on my site a couple of months back and at the time Zac Efron was rumored to be taking the role in the remake.

    (which he dumped in order to jump onto the likely trainwreck of a film Charlie St Cloud.)

    It is a fun eighties film driven by its soundtrack, As long as they avoid the current popular Emo music, it may not be too bad.

  7. songs likely to be on the Footloose remake sountrack:

    Just Dance – Lady Gaga
    Pokerface – Lady Gaga
    Love Game – Lady Gaga
    Boom – Black Eyed Peas
    Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

    If it has to be made, this movie deserves to be a TBS or USA exclusive (unless it has Will Smith and Liam Neeson, then it’s a blockbuster)

    • LOL, Panda – with that soundtrack this’d have to involve “the dance that dare not speak its name”…

  8. PLEASE, for the love of all that is screenworthy, scrap this piece of $#!@ remake idea now and do something new and fresh. Remaking a movie that has such a snug spot in the hearts of us 80’s teenagers will not be the smash hit you are thinking it will. There is no good reason to take this on. And that poor kid pegged to be the lead? So not the right choice to fill Kevin Bacon’s dance shoes.

  9. In the Footloose movie, they shall do the remix “DJ” dance version of FOOTLOOSE like the Mid 90’s-Millenium era. Hope they set the new version from the 80’s to the Millenium era.

  10. Panda, you left out
    The Footloose remix by “My Chemical Romance”

    That would be the closing credit song.

    • or maybe a remake the Footloose by P Diddy using the entire backing track of “I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis

  11. agree with everyone’s comments.
    They should do a sequel, that would make more sense than a remake, epsecially with the potential soundtrack Panda has told us about.
    Yuck, dont remake footloose.

  12. YARWHS
    (yet another reason why hollywood sucks)

  13. I hope this movie achieve the waited sucess. I remember of original in my Childhood time when was exhibited in Brazilian Television, dubbed in portuguese (my current idiom, because I´m Brazilian). The Scenes with Kevin Bacon was amazing and the discussion about religious fanatic preacher is so important for comprehension of relationship between youth and hedonism according to Extremists Principle Christians.