August 17th, 2011
12:25 PM ET
If you're hesitant about the "Footloose" remake, the cast understands.
Star Kenny Wormald, who will play Ren MacCormack, and Julianne Hough, who's stepping into Ariel Moore's red cowboy boots, both know they have high expectations to live up to.
"We all knew what the original was, and we had the pressure of obviously not wanting to mess up, and wanting to make a great version of ‘Footloose,'" Wormald tells Elle magazine in a behind-the-scenes video.
But Hough thinks viewers will be pleasantly surprised. Her chemistry with Wormald is "really, really good in the movie," she tells Elle. The chemistry between Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer in the original "was great," she goes on, "but I don’t know, we’re just different."
One thing they do have is a strong dancing background. Wormald says he grew up in Boston, "and New Kids on the Block were a huge memory for me as a kid, and I loved them and Michael Jackson. I would jump around the house and try to mimic those moves, [but] a five-year-old grabbing his crotch and doing Michael Jackson dance moves isn’t the best thing," he laughs. "So my mom threw me in dance class and I loved it right away. I've been dancing since I was six."
For Hough, "Dancing was just kind of ingrained in all of my brothers and sisters. I grew up in Utah and there’s not a lot to do with your kids but dance and music...to keep them out of trouble. My sister started and I just went along and started dancing."
But will their moves be able to carry the movie? Elle's Joe Zee has seen the film, and as a fan of the original he offers fellow "Footloose" lovers promising words.
"This version, directed by Craig Brewer ('Hustle & Flow') is—dare I say it—as great as, if not better than, the original," he says.
Talk about pressure. We'll find out if he's right when the movie arrives in theaters on October 14. To refresh your memory, check out the trailer below:
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