Paramount Pictures is seeking guys ages 18 or older to play high school seniors in the remake of “Footloose,” which will be shooting this summer.
According to www.footloosecasting.com, candidates “must have natural rhythm and be comfortable dancing. You don not have to be a trained dancer but a quick learner.”
Hopefuls should send their auditions in Quicktime via e-mail to email@example.com. The deadline is Wednesday.
Director Craig Brewer (music-oriented indie films “Hustle & Flow,” “Black Snake Moan”) has been hired to helm the project from his rewritten script. It will be set in the South in present day.
The first “Footloose” film, released in 1984, starred Kevin Bacon as a Chicago teen who moves to a rural community that has a law prohibiting dancing.
The film was loosely based on actual events in Elmore City, where students in 1980 convinced the school board to let them organize the school’s first prom, despite an 80-year-old city ordinance banning public dancing. The Oklahoma farming community marked the 30th anniversary of the first prom in April.
The remake has been dancing on shaky ground since March 2009, when “High School Musical” star Zac Efron pulled out of the project. Director Kenny Ortega, also of “HSM” fame, left the film last fall. In April, Efron’s replacement, Chace Crawford, also departed the picture.
According to IMDB, Thomas Dekker (this year’s “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake) is rumored to be boogeying into the lead role.
The new “Footloose” is set for 2011 release.
For more information, go to www.footloosecasting.com.