In the original “Footloose,” the government of a small town banned dancing and rock and roll music. Now, 25 years later, the big-screen may be denied its license to boogie as well.
After Zac Efron [news id=”1607535″]dropped out of the lead role[/news] last week, the movie is currently on hold, according EW.com.
A source close to the production told EW.com that Paramount has hit the brakes on the movie — which had been active since at least July — as the studio figures out how to proceed without their top choice of Efron. The source also denied reports that Chace Crawford of “Gossip Girl” had [news id=”1608175″]auditioned for the lead role[/news] last weekend. A rep for Paramount had no comment on the report when asked by MTV News.
When Efron dropped out at the end of March, Paramount issued a statement assuring the public that the film was still very much on track. ” ‘Footloose’ is a project we’ve longed to see re-booted for a new generation,” it said. “While Zac is no longer attached, we remain excited and committed to the collective brain trust of [director] Kenny Ortega, [producers] Neil Meron and Craig Zaden, who will reinvigorate the franchise.”
Crawford, with just “Gossip Girl” and a few low-profile movie roles to his name, is not as established a star as Efron. But it was just that experience — starring roles in “Hairspray” and three “High School Musical” movies — that reportedly led Efron to drop out of “Footloose”: his advisors were said to repeatedly warn him against taking part in yet another big-screen musical rather than branching out into new territory.
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