No Stars Yet, but Footloose Gets a Date

Dance remake set to open opposite Toy Story 3 in June 2010; now we're just waiting for a cast

By Joal Ryan May 12, 2009 8:32 PMTags
Footloose, Kevin Bacon, Chace Crawford, Derek HoughParamount Pictures; Jean Shearer/Getty Images; Jean Baptiste Lacroix

That's one less Footloose mystery to worry about. The remake doesn't have Zac Efron, or any other teen idol—yet—but it does have a date. 

The dance flick will bop into theaters June 18, 2010, the box-office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations noted on its site today. Its competition will be the presumably formidable Toy Story 3.

As reported by E! Online's Marc Malkin, Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford and Dancing With the Stars' Derek Hough have been in talks for roles. Crawford's considered the odds-on-favorite to replace Efron, who opted out of becoming all-new Kevin Bacon. Hough, who starred in the London stage version of Footloose, told Malkin he'd "met with people," but declined to say if he, too, were up for Bacon's Ren.

Heroes' Hayden Panettiere has auditioned for a non-Ren role, per Malkin. Hough's DWTS colleague (and sister) Julianne Hough is also said to be a leading leading-lady candidate.

The original Footloose was a sleeper hit in the winter of 1984.