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Julianne Hough, footloose
Julianne Hough

Has it really been 27 years since Kevin Bacon stirred up trouble in a small town where rock music and dancing were banned? Apparently, so, since the original ‘Footloose’ premiered in 1984 and yep, that’s 27 years ago.

Remakes of movies that were iconic to begin with are always sketchy. I guess the filmmakers are trying to capitalize on a good thing, and who knows, maybe this one will work. ‘Footloose‘ — the remake — is set for an Oct 14, 2011 release, and it’s directed by Craig Brewer, whose writing/directing credits include ‘[amazon_link id=”B000Q6GURU” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Black Snake Moan[/amazon_link]’ and ‘[amazon_link id=”B000OONQ94″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Hustle & Flow[/amazon_link].’

Paramount released five stills today featuring Kenny Wormald in the Kevin Bacon role of Ren McCormack and Julianne Hough rocking short shorts as Ariel Moore, played by Lori Singer in the original. Having worked on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Hough certainly has the dancing chops to pull it off.

We also catch a glimpse of Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell as Rev. Shaw Moore and his wife Vi, originally portrayed by John Lithgow and Dianne Wiest. I couldn’t be happier to see Andie MacDowell, because she’s one of my favorite actresses and has been absent from the big screen for a number of years (though she’s done a few DVDs, like ‘[amazon_link id=”B003N3I41S” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]As Good As Dead[/amazon_link],’ which I sort of wish I’d never seen).

Any thoughts on the ‘Footloose’ photos or remake? Are you ready to cut loose and see a new version?

Julianne Hough, Footloose
Julianne Hough
Kenny Wormald, Footloose
Kenny Wormald, looking very Kevin Bacon-ish
Footloose, Andie MacDowell, Kenny Wormald, Dennis Quaid
Andie MacDowell, Kenny Wormald, & Dennis Quaid
Footloose, Julianne Hough, Kenny Wormald
Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald
Kenny Wormald, Footloose
Kenny Wormald (right)

1 COMMENT

  1. Footloose does seem ripe for a remake, since thanks to Glee teenagers have caught the lust for all things dancing and music-related. But geez, this dude (who I’ve never heard of) doesn’t look like Kevin Bacon to me; way wimpier and less edgy. And this role calls for the quintessential charismatic bad boy with a heart of gold; not sure he’s going to cut it!

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