It’s been over 25 years since Kevin Bacon fought for his right to dance in an uptight small Utah town, and in 2011, Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald are picking up where he left off in a new remake of the 80s classic “Footloose”. Craig Brewer wrote and directed the new feature film, which was produced by Craig Zadan, who produced the original as well.
Experienced dancer but newbie actor Wormald is sacked with the daunting task of playing the iconic Ren, a big city teenage rebel who moves to old fashioned and uptight Beaumont, Texas and fights against the small town’s bans on public dancing and rock music. Though Wormald already had an established career as a dancer, appearing in videos and on stage with Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake and Madonna, acting was always in his plans. “Dancing is what I’ve been doing since I was a kid, but I also took acting classes,” he tells USA Today. “I’ve always watched films. I definitely always want to be the guy.” Wormald will make his feature film debut here, after starring in the direct-to-DVD sequel “Center Stage: Turn It Up”.
Also hoping to make a smooth transition from dancing to acting is “Dancing with the Stars” star Hough, in the role of Ariel, the wild-child daughter of the town’s reverend. Hough made her feature film debut only last year in the also dance-heavy “Burlesque” and will headline another high profile musical, Adam Shankman’s adaptation of current Broadway hit “Rock of Ages”.
“Footloose” releases in theaters on October 14 and the first still from the film can be found below.