Paramount Pictures’ has released a second trailer for its long-awaited remake of the 1984 dance drama “Footloose.” While the first trailer emphasized the similarities to the original film, the second puts more focus on its stars, Julianne Hough, Kenny Wormald and Dennis Quaid.
The ’84 film, which turned Kevin Bacon into a star, 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 last year.
In the remake, newcomer Kenny Wormald takes on the lead role of Ren MacCormack, a Chicago teen who moves to a rural Southern community that has a law prohibiting dancing. Hough plays his love interest Ariel (the role originated by Lori Singer).
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, due in theaters Oct. 14.
As previously reported, country music star Blake Shelton, who lives in Tishomingo, will be covering the well-known theme song, made famous by ’80s soundtrack king Kenny Loggins.
Also included in the film is the latest hit from country duo Big & Rich, “Fake ID,” featuring their frequent collaborator and current tourmate Gretchen Wilson. Big & Rich’s “Xtreme Muzik … The Tour” will play two dates in Oklahoma next week: Aug. 26 at Lucky Star Casino in Clinton and Aug. 27 at First Council Casino Newkirk.
Look for my interview with Big Kenny Alphin next week, and in the meantime check out the “Fake ID” video featuring “Footloose” footage.