Chace Crawford Discusses Taking Over For Zac Efron In 'Footloose'

'Luckily, it worked out for both of us,' the 'Gossip Girl' star tells EW.com.

Zac Efron was supposed to take over Kevin Bacon's iconic role in "Footloose," then he unexpectedly dropped out, citing a desire not to be typecast as a purely musical actor. Chace Crawford stepped in, and while shooting won't begin until next March, the "Gossip Girl" star is already speaking out about the part and insisting that there are no hard feelings between the two actors.

"I know Zac, and we're actually friends," Crawford told EW.com's Hollywood Insider. "He's gotta make the best choice for his career at this point, and I have to make the best for mine, and luckily, it worked out for both of us."

Crawford also revealed details about his grueling audition process, which involved hours of singing and dancing for director Kenny Ortega and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. "It was, like, five hours of the most rigorous tests ever," Crawford said. "I walked out very confident."

"At the end of it, we all sort of looked at each other and said, 'He's the guy!' " Zadan said.

The filmmakers, however, have not yet settled on the actress who will be playing Crawford's dance partner and love interest. While names like Miley Cyrus, Hayden Panettiere and Amanda Bynes have been mentioned, a Paramount spokesman told EW.com that "Dancing With the Stars" star and chart-topping country singer Julianne Hough is set to screen-test this week.

"It's a much more singing-intensive movie for the female lead," explained Meron of a remake that will include both the hit songs from the 1984 original and new tracks performed by contemporary artists.

Will we also see a reprise of Bacon's famous dance-and-gymnastics routine in that abandoned warehouse? Don't count on it. "I don't know if the gymnastics scene is going to make it," Crawford said. "I've got some movement in me, but I'm not a dancer. I need to start stretching now."

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