Paramount Pictures announced today that Chace Crawford will play the lead role of Ren McCormack in the film Footloose, which will be produced and directed by Kenny Ortega.
Over the course of his 30-year career, Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer Ortega has worked with superstars Madonna, Michael Jackson, Kiss, Cher, and Diana Ross. He choreographed the classic Dirty Dancing and, most recently, directed all three High School Musical films. The hugely successful trilogy has broken numerous records including High School Musical 3: Senior Year's record opening for a song-and-dance film grossing $42 million in its first weekend.
The film will be produced by the highly successful team of Craig Zadan (a producer of the original Footloose in 1984) and Neil Meron. Together, Zadan and Meron produced the blockbuster Hairspray and the critically acclaimed Chicago, which was the first musical in 34 years to win the top honor of Best Picture Oscar at the 2002 Academy Awards. The film will also be produced by Dylan Sellers (Agent Cody Banks). Academy Award-nominated Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) wrote the recently green-lit screenplay.
Crawford is best known to audiences worldwide for his role on the hit series Gossip Girl. He is currently starring in Joel Schumacher's drama Twelve along with Emma Roberts and 50 Cent. Crawford is repped by Eric Podwall and CAA.
Production on the movie is set to begin shooting in March 2010.