Actor Chase Crawford has changed his mind about playing the role of Ren McCormack in the remake of the beloved ’80s film, “Footloose,” Entertainment Weekly reports and the reason given, He won’t have time, because of his commitment to “Gossip Girl.” “High School Musical Star” Zac Efron has also turned down the role, stating that he didn’t want to be typecast. The movie seems to be on a troubled path. In addition to not being able to cast the lead role, there have been changes on the director and script front. Craig Brewer took over the directing job after Kenny Ortega left over creative differences and budget problems.
“Footloose” was released in 1984 and received two best original song Oscar nominations for its music, the title song and “Let’s Hear It for the Boy.” Kevin Bacon played the original McCormack, a big city teen who finds himself stuck in a small town out west where rock music and dancing are illegal. Life becomes bearable, though, when he meets Aerial and rallies his fellow teens to help him get the ban on dancing lifted so they can have their senior prom. Lori Singer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Penn, John Lithgow and Diane Wiest co-starred.
While professional ballroom dancer and country music singer Julianne Hough has been cast to update Singer’s role as Aerial, producers have said they may embark on a nationwide search to find an unknown to fill Bacon’s shoes.