Crawford to Star in Paramount Pictures' 'Footloose' 5/20/09
'High School Musical's' Kenny Ortega to Produce and Direct
May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Paramount Pictures announced today that Chace
Crawford will play the lead role of Ren McCormack in the film
"Footloose," which will be produced and directed by Kenny
Over the course of his 30-year career, Emmy Award-winning director and
choreographer Ortega has worked with superstars Madonna, Michael Jackson,
Kiss, Cher, and Diana Ross. He choreographed the classic "Dirty
Dancing" and, most recently, directed all three "High School
Musical" films. The hugely successful trilogy has broken numerous
records including "High School Musical 3: Senior Year's" record
opening for a song-and-dance film grossing $42 million in its first
The film will be produced by the highly successful team of Craig Zadan
(a producer of the original "Footloose" in 1984) and Neil Meron.
Together, Zadan and Meron produced the blockbuster "Hairspray"
and the critically acclaimed "Chicago," which was the first
musical in 34 years to win the top honor of Best Picture Oscar at the 2002
Academy Awards. The film will also be produced by Dylan Sellers
("Agent Cody Banks"). Academy Award-nominated Susannah Grant
("Erin Brockovich") wrote the recently green-lit screenplay.
Crawford is best known to audiences worldwide for his role on the hit
series "Gossip Girl." He is currently starring in Joel
Schumacher's drama "Twelve" along with Emma Roberts and 50 Cent.
Crawford is repped by Eric Podwall and CAA.
Production on the movie is set to begin shooting in March 2010.
Paramount Pictures Corporation