Director Craig Brewer’s remake of the ’80s dance classic Footloose opens in theaters today (you can read our review of the film HERE as well our interview with Brewer HERE). Perhaps the most challenging role to cast for the remake was the one that catapulted Kevin Bacon into super-stardom – back when the original film was released.
The role of Ren Mccormack in Brewer’s re-imagining eventually went to Boston dancer Kenny Wormald. Wormald had been a back-up dancer for Justin Timberlake and when the casting directors for Footloose asked J.T. for a recommendation he immediately passed them on to Wormald.
We had the chance to chat with the young star shortly after production wrapped about tackling the formidable task of slipping on Kevin Bacon’s dancing shoes, what he loved about the original, and the music of Footloose.
Take a look at the interview below.
Red Carpet Interview with Footloose Star Kenny Wormald:
For those who are unfamiliar, here is the official synopsis for Footloose 2011:
Writer/Director Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow,” “Black Snake Moan”) delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 film, “Footloose.” Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont’s local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process.
Footloose opens in theaters today, Friday, October 14th.
Craig Brewer directs a cast that includes Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell.
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