Adam Goodman, President of Paramount Pictures Film Group, announced today the completion of principle casting on writer/director Craig Brewer's Footloose. Following an extensive worldwide search, newcomer Kenny Wormald will play the highly coveted role of 'Ren', opposite previously announced star Julianne Hough as 'Ariel'. Dennis Quaid also joins the cast in the role of 'Reverend Moore', along with Miles Teller as 'Willard'.
Craig Zadan, who also served as a producer on the original film, joins his longtime creative partner Neil Meron (Chicago) and producers Brad Weston and Dylan Sellers (Agent Cody Banks) on the remake. Oscar-winning songwriter Dean Pitchford, who wrote the screenplay and songs for the original movie, will executive produce. Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, ) will shoot from a script he adapted from Pitchford's original.
Julianne Hough will make her feature film debut in Burlesque in November, opposite Christina Aguilera and Cher, which will also coincide with the release of the two-time Dancing with the Stars champion's second country album. She will co-star alongside newcomer Wormald, who appeared in the MTV series Dancelife, and most recently toured with Justin Timberlake. The film will mark the first major U.S. feature film role for the Boston native.
Actor Dennis Quaid, known for his starring roles in countless hit movies including G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Day After Tomorrow, Traffic, and most notably for his Golden Globe and SAG nominated role in the acclaimed movie Far From Heaven, also joins the cast. The actor most recently starred in the critically praised HBO movie The Special Relationship.
The movie will feature choreography from Jamal Sims, who recently worked with Madonna on her Sticky & Sweet Tour. Sims has choreographed countless movies and videos, and will next choreograph the Neil Patrick Harris' production of the award-winning musical "Rent" starring Nicole Scherzinger and Vanessa Hudgens, from August 6-8 at the Hollywood Bowl.
"I saw Footloose in my hometown theater when I was 13-years-old and it rocked my world. It was a teenage rebellion movie that explored the struggles of faith and family in a small town, and it had an awesome soundtrack. 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," said Brewer. "It's going to be a blast!"
"When we discovered Kevin Bacon in 1984, we were both excited and gratified - and also knew the chances of ever duplicating that effort was a million to one shot. Decades later Kenny Wormald proved history could repeat itself," said Zadan. "We've wanted to work with Brewer ever since we saw Hustle & Flow. His fresh and contemporary vision will bring Footloose to a whole new generation of moviegoers when the movie opens in 2011."