Paramount Pictures has released a press release officially revealing the cast for their remake of the 1984 Kevin Bacon film, Footloose.
The lead character Ren McCormack was awarded to Kenny Wormald, a relatively new actor, best known for his dancing abilities. Wormald has appeared as a dancer in movies like You Got Served and Clerks II, and also was a part of the movie Center Stage: Turn It Up. He joins popular Dancing with the Stars performer Julianne Hough, who will step into Lori Singer’s role of Ariel Moore. Hough is also new to the acting game, but has a new movie called Burlesque coming up and even appeared in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, giving her a little geek cred.
Also cast in the remake is Dennis Quaid, who will be playing Reverend Moore (John Lithgow in the ’84 movie) and Miles Teller in the role of Willard Hewitt, which was played by the late Chris Penn.
Footloose tells the story of a teenage boy whose family moves big-city Chicago to a small, quiet town where a heavy layer of religion led by Reverend Moore ensures that things like dancing and loud music are banned. This causes Ren to rise up against the ways of the town and lead a rebellion alongside the other kids starving to let loose.
The movie will be written and directed by Craig Brewer, who’s best known for delivering Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan. It will be released some time in 2011.