Efron to Star in Footloose Remake

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Variety reports that Paramount is developing a musical remake of the 1984 film Footloose and will develop it for “High School Musical” star Zac Efron and director Kenny Ortega. Dylan Sellers will produce.

Ortega is in talks to helm and choreograph, and Efron is in talks to play Ren McCormack, the rebellious newcomer (originally played by Kevin Bacon) in a town where dancing has been banned.

The original was directed by Herb Ross and written by Dean Pitchford.

The trade says the plan is to turn the project into a full-blown musical. Footloose was already turned into a Broadway musical.

Efron makes his feature debut in Hairspray, which New Line releases on Friday, July 20.

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