'Footloose': Kenny Wormald -- not Zac Efron or Chace Crawford -- lands lead

kenny-wormald-320.jpgJulianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Miles Teller and Hollywood newcomer Kenny Wormald are all kicking off their Sunday shoes for the forthcoming remake of "Footloose," due out April 1, 2011.

It was Zac Efron who was cut loose: The "High School Musical" heartthrob was the initial name attached for the part of Ren (originally played by Kevin Bacon), but he walked away. Chace Crawford and Thomas Dekker were two other names bandied about, but neither ended up signing.
 
Paramount instead has gone the way of the unknown. Wormald, from Boston, toured as a dancer with Justin Timberlake and appeared in the MTV show "Dancelife." "Footloose" marks his first major feature film role.
 
That pairs him with "Dancing With the Stars" champ Hough, who plays Ariel. Quaid plays her dad, the Reverend Moore (originally John Lithgow). Teller plays Willard.
 
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