Oklahoma country music and reality TV star Blake Shelton will sing the famed title track for the upcoming remake of the musical drama “Footloose,” reports EW.com.
Kenny Loggins memorably recorded the title track to the original 1984 film.
Judging from the trailer and EW’s account, the remake, due in theaters Oct. 14, follows closely the dance steps of the first “Footloose,” which starred Kevin Bacon as a Chicago teen who moves to a rural Southern community that has a law prohibiting dancing.
Shelton, an Ada native and Tishomingo resident, is an interesting choice to cut the theme song since the original film is based on real-life events that happened in another small southern Oklahoma town: Elmore City.
In 1980, Elmore City students 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 last year.
In the remake, newcomer Kenny Wormald plays the lead role of Ren, which made Bacon a star. Playing his love interest Ariel (the role originated by Lori Singer) is another country singer/reality TV star, Julianne Hough.
Dennis Quaid plays stern minister Rev. Moore, played by John Lithgow in the original. Miles Teller plays Ren’s pal Willard, whose dancing boots the late Chris Penn filled back in ’84.
A self-professed fan of the original, Craig Brewer (music-oriented indie films “Hustle & Flow,” “Black Snake Moan”) co-wrote and directed the new version.
Shelton won’t be the only celebrity coach from the hit reality TV show “The Voice” to contribute to the “Footloose” soundtrack: Cee Lo Green and Kenny Wayne Shepherd will collaborate on “Walkin’ Blues,” according to EW.com.
Check out “Footloose” trailer and the full track listing for the remake’s soundtrack after the break.
“Footloose” remake soundtrack (from EW.com):
1. Footloose – Blake Shelton
2. Where The River Goes – Zac Brown
3. Little Lovin’ – Lissie
4. Holding Out For A Hero – Ella Mae Bowen
5. Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Jana Kramer
6. So Sorry Mama – Whitney Duncan
7. Fake I.D. – Big & Rich feat. Gretchen Wilson
8. Almost Paradise – Victoria Justice & Hunter Hayes
9. Walkin’ Blues – Cee Lo Green feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
10. Window Paine – The Smashing Pumpkins
11. Suicide Eyes – A Thousand Horses
12. Dance The Night Away – David Banner
Also featured in the film but not on the soundtrack:
White Stripes “Catch Hell Blues”
Three 6 Mafia “Get Your Feet Off The Ground”
Whiz Khalifa “Black & Yellow”