Paramount released the news earlier this morning -- revealing the new version of the cult classic dance flick has finally found its leading man. Newcomer Kenny Wormald has landed the "highly coveted role of Ren," and not a moment too soon because I was really tired of all my guy friends incessantly telling me "I'd do anything -- and I mean anything -- to land the highly coveted role of Ren in a Footloose remake."
Wormald will be joined by Julianne Hough, Miles Teller and Dennis Quaid. Quaid's playing Reverend Moore, John Lithgow's part in the original. In that version, Kevin Bacon plays a street-wise kid who winds up in a small town where dancing and rock music are illegal. Bacon then makes it his personal mission to get this outdated law overturned so the kids can have a rockin' prom -- but this means butting heads with the town's minister, who also happens to be the father of his love interest.
Brewer also wrote the screenplay for the updated version, which seems to be mirroring the original closely, but also promises some regional flair. "I can promise Footloose fans that I will be true to the spirit of the original film. But I still gotta put my own Southern grit into it and kick it into 2011." I'm not sure what that "southern grit" will be, but if it's not a Freebird montage, I'm demanding a refund.
Footloose helped make the relatively unknown Bacon a star. Wormald will be hoping lightning strikes twice as he looks to launch his own career. What do you think? Interested in an updated Footloose or should Hollywood have left this one buried in the '80s?