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Julianne Hough dances onto screens in Footloose remake... but will it match up to the original?

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 7:55 PM on 7th May 2011

She's been a professional ballroom dancer and a country music singer. Now Julianne Hough is making her mark as an actress - in a remake of the Eighties classic Footloose.

Newly released stills show the 22-year-old recreating the role of Ariel, made famous by Lori Singer, shaking her blonde hair as she dances across the screen.

But whether the remake can match up to the magic of the original - which launched the career of Kevin Bacon - remains to be seen. Completely%20different:%20The%20Footloose%20remake%20features%20Dancing%20with%20the%20Stars%20alum%20Julianne%20Hough%20and%20newcomer%20Kenny%20Wormald%20who%20is%20standing%20next%20to%20Julianne%20in%20the%20white%20T-shirt

Completely different: The Footloose remake features Dancing with the Stars' alumni Julianne Hough and newcomer Kenny Wormald, who is next to Julianne in the white T-shirt


Big shoes to fill: Newcomer Kenny Wormald is taking over the role of Rem MacCormack which made Kevin Bacon, right, a superstar in 1984

The update of the iconic 1984 dance flick will open in October with a new cast including professional dancer Kenny Wormald, who takes over Bacon's career-making role of Rem MacCormack.

While Wormald, 26, is not a household name, he definitely knows a thing or two about dancing.

The Boston native has toured with Justin Timberlake and starred in Madonna and Mariah Carey's music videos.

Wormald was only a baby when the original came out, but he claims it is one of his favourite films.

'I was about 10 when I saw it for the first time,' he told USA Today. 'I remember thinking, "That is awesome. He's dancing in a factory. I want to do that." '


The replacement: Country music star Julianne, left, will play the character of wild-child dancer Ariel, played by Lori Singer in the original

Dennis Quaid will take over John Lithgow's role of the conservative reverend who disdains dance.

Andie MacDowell plays his supportive wife, while Hough, of TV's Dancing With the Stars, will play their wild-child daughter, Ariel.

Hough, 22, who made her big screen debut in last year's Burlesque, says fans will get to see a new side of her.

'People are going to see my performance rather than the glitz,' she says of the role that requires her to play a 17-year-old. 'This is hometown-girl hot. I'm definitely wearing some tight jeans in this movie.'

The remake also has a new director, Craig Brewer, 39, of Hustle & Flow fame, who admits he was a rabid fan of the original.

'I had the soundtrack in my Walkman all the time,' he says. 'I constantly played it.'


The movie that started it all: The original Footloose starred Lori Singer and Kevin Bacon and grossed a spectacular $80 million dollars at the box office

Brewer was brought on board after director and choreographer Kenny Ortega of High School Musical fame backed out shortly after the original lead, Zac Efron, quit.

But Brewer has some big shoes to fill since while the original Footloose cost just $8 million dollars to make, and it grossed 10 times that much at the box office.

Even more impressive, the film's soundtrack sold more than 9 million copies, and scored two number one hits, singles Footloose and Let's Hear It for the Boy by Deniece Williams.

So far, there's no word on who will be on the soundtrack, but the remake is being shot in several different cities in Georgia and could have a Southern feel.

The movie-musical is scheduled to dance into theatres on October 14th.


Big names: Veteran actors Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell will co-star in the Footloose remake


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