June 22nd, 2011
11:55 AM ET
If you were around to see the original “Footloose” in 1984, get ready to have a serious sense of déjà vu.
A trailer for the 2011 remake has arrived, and it shows that the new version isn’t straying far from its predecessor. In director Craig Brewer's update, Ren MacCormack moves from Boston to Bomont, a small Southern town where a dance ban has been put into effect following a post-dance car crash.
With help from his love interest, the preacher's daughter Ariel Moore (Julianne Hough), Ren decides to take the ban on. Dennis Quaid stars as Ariel's father, Rev. Shaw Moore.
Although Zac Efron and Chace Crawford were attached to the part of McCormack, newcomer Kenny Wormald - born in the same year as “Footloose’s” release - is taking on the role, and he told Movieline that he’s indeed a fan of the original.
“I saw it when I was about ten years old,” Wormald says. “I remember being blown away because I was already dancing by the age of six, so I was very inspired and moved by Kevin [Bacon’s] performance. Especially that angry dance, when he’s in the factory going crazy.”
As for how close the remake is to the classic, Wormald explains that Brewer wanted to keep the story intact while finding a way to make it contemporary.
“Everyone on set, myself, the director, Julianne — we’re all super big fans of the original so we knew that you didn’t have to do much to the story to make it work. Craig Brewer definitely has a raw edge and his musical edge is a good fit for ‘Footloose’ – it stays true to the original story but he added contemporary elements, made it 2011, we updated the music but some of the original music is in it and some of the original music is remade in it.”
Wormald adds that he thinks once “Footloose” fans see the film, which arrives in theaters October 14, “it’ll be like revisiting it. It’ll give you those good feelings, but it’s not a line for line remake.”
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