'Footloose' Remake: Newcomer Kenny Wormald Replace Chace Crawford

Kenny WormaldAfter much guessing and faux casting, Paramount has announced that the role of Ren in their "Footloose" remake will be played by newcomer Kenny Wormald (though you might recognize him from MTV's "Dancelife"). At least that means he won't back out (we hope!) like Zac Efron and Chace Crawford did.

Also announced was the new director: "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,” producer Craig Zadan, who worked on the original film and will return to this one as well, said in a press release. “We've wanted to work with [director Craig] 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."

Kenny will be starring opposite Dennis Quaid (who will be playing Reverend Moore) and Miles Teller (who will be Willard), as well as the previously announced Julianne Hough.

Then there's a lot of behind-the-scenes news: in addition to Craig, his partner Neil Meron (who worked on "Chicago") will be producing as well. Choreographer Jamal Sims, who has worked with Madonna and will be choreographing Neil Patrick Harris's "Rent" in August, will be handling the dance moves.

“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,” Craig Brewer said in a press release. "It's going to be a blast!"

Are you glad Ren will be played by a newcomer? Are you still excited for this remake to get made?