Chace Crawford Talks About Footloose Role

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Chace Crawford is ready to follow the fancy footwork of Kevin Bacon when he begins shooting Paramount's reboot of the 1984 dance classic Footloose next March.

The 23-year-old Gossip Girl star landed the lead after Zac Efron dropped out: "I know Zac and we're actually friends," Crawford tells Entertainment Weekly.

"He's gotta make the best choice for his career at this point and I have to make the best for mine, and luckily the situation worked out for both of us."

Crawford wasn’t even born when the original premiered. Is this just a ruse to win at Six Degrees? Jokes Crawford, “I want my number to be up - my Bacon number.”

Chace Crawford won the part after a brutal audition, including dancing and singing, for producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and director Kenny Ortega.

“It was, like, five hours of the most rigorous tests ever,” says the Texas native who plays Nate Archibald on the series we love. “I walked out very confident.”

A Chace Pic

Dancing With the Stars’ Julianne Hough will audition this week. Her recent success as a country star, in addition to her dancing prowess, could give her an edge.

The new Footloose will pay homage to the '80s film - the setting will still be a dance-free town, and the original cast could even pop up in cameos.

Also expect to hear familiar tunes like the title track. One thing that may not reappear, however is some of the original's more elaborate choreography.

“I don’t know if the gymnastics [high bar] scene is going to make it,” says Chace Crawford, who will embark on an Ortega-plotted training regimen.

“I’ve got some movement in me, but I’m not exactly a dancer,” he of the unparalleled man bangs admits. “I need to start stretching now.”

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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can't wait to see him kickin his sunday shoes and get footloose! go chace!

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The red boots! Gotta keep Ariel's red boots in! I just don't see how they could update this and make it even half as good as the original!

Evita

ooo i would like to see Chace dancing and everything..
He is such a Handsome Man ;]

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Either Chace is incredibly humble in downplaying his "moves" - which supposedly stood up to hours of brutal dance auditions - or he's admitting he got the part on his looks and having scores of followers in the right demographic rather than his ability to convincingly pick up the torch from Kevin Bacon. Given that before Footloose I couldn't imagine Kevin Bacon dancing it up convincingly either, I guess I have to reserve final judgement - but I'm dubious.

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no she was Brunette.

Blair-cornelia-archibald

"I know Zac and we're actually friends" Do you think they go to the same hair dresser? I saw footloose on stage a few years ago and I'm now actually thinking that the lead female did look a lot like Leighton, although I think in the original film she was blond...? Still it would be too awesome.

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They should cast AnnaLynne McCord as the preacher's daughter. She would be PERFECT.

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Sigh......why do they have to do remakes? I loved the original footloose. Are they running out of film material? I like Chace and I'm sure he will be fine in it but they could try doing an original movie for once!!!!!!!

Fuckyeahdair

Wow. I can't imagine Chace dancing. I'm happy for him though! :)

Whale-sweater

"he of the unparalleled man-bangs" lol.
as long as they have the part where he pounds his fist on the hood of the car in frustration.

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